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Flags lowered for professors emeriti

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of Professor Emeritus John “Jack” Parker and Professor Emeritus Douglas H. Crawford.

A leader in cardiovascular care and research

Dr. Parker committed his entire professional life to Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital, a relationship that spanned nearly 60 years. After completing his MD in 1954, he undertook initial training at Queen’s, with further training in New York, Paris, Milan and London.

After returning to Kingston in 1961, he established a cardiovascular clinical care and research program that was widely recognized for excellence. He played a key role in the establishment of clinical services that are now routine, including cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and critical care units for patients with cardiac disease. His research program had a global reputation; he travelled extensively to present his findings and collaborate with other scientists. Concurrently, he trained multiple young physicians who became leaders in cardiovascular clinical care and research.

Dr. Parker’s family will receive friends at Robert J. Reid & Sons “The Chapel on the Corner” (309 Johnson St., Kingston) on Friday, Feb. 6 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 11 am. Interment Cataraqui Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation – Cardiac Unit would be appreciated. 

The drive behind the master of education program

Dr. Crawford was a professor at Queen’s from 1962 to 1989. His research in the area of mathematics education was varied, reflecting his catholic interests. He wrote on individualized learning in mathematics and on the history of mathematics education in Ontario for the first half of the 20th century, and he explored mathematics for children with exceptionalities.

For many at the Queen's Faculty of Education, he will be remembered for his tireless efforts to establish the master of education program in 1971 in his capacity as co-ordinator of research and graduate studies.  

A memorial service will take place on Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm at Crossroads United Church (690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd., Kingston). Donations to a charity of choice in his memory would be appreciated by his family.

Empowering young women

[Young Women at Queen’s]
Young Women at Queen’s (YWQ) is part of the larger Employee Resource Group initiative which was developed as a way to promote the career development of equity seeking groups on campus. (University Communications)

A new group at Queen’s University is aimed at providing professional development and mentorship programming specifically for young women.

Young Women at Queen’s (YWQ) is part of the larger Employee Resource Group initiative which was developed as a way to promote the career development of equity seeking groups on campus. YWQ is the first of these groups to be launched and is coordinated by Meagan Suckling, a member of the marketing and communications team at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“YWQ will provide women ages 20-35 with the resources and support that they need to perform their jobs effectively and evolve and grow into young and empowered leaders,” Ms. Suckling says. “The group will aim to offer a platform for young women to exert influence and build a vibrant and innovative campus.”

ERGs are part of a university-wide strategic focus on talent management and are open to anyone who wishes to come forward and begin a group, especially in areas that are traditionally equity seeking. The only other university in Canada to establish such groups is the University of Toronto, which has a thriving LGBTQ ERG.

ERGs are popular at American universities such as Stanford, Princeton and Harvard but are relatively new to post-secondary institutions. They have proven successful in the private sector and are linked to increased recruitment and retention of talent as well as organizational innovation.

The Queen’s initiative has the full support of the Equity Office and Human Resources. It has also gained management backing.

“I fully support Meagan and her work establishing the Young Women at Queen’s group,” says Adam Walker, Director, Marketing and Communications, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “If we all engage more and take an active role outside of our regular work activities, we can make Queen’s an even better place to work and develop our careers.”

Along with development and mentorship, the goals of YWQ are to offer a voice and resources to young women who work at Queen’s to surface areas that can use improvement, teach young women how to bring innovative ideas to their communities within Queen’s and have an impact, attract innovative and diverse talent to the university and help with retention efforts and to exert influence and make changes to enhance the university environment.

“We hope YWQ is the first of many ERGs to develop at Queen’s,” says Emma Sobel, Organizational Development Consultant at Human Resources. “Meagan has set a progressive and inclusive tone with YWQ that could serve as a model for others.”

The kick-off meeting for YWQ is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 20 from noon-1 pm at Mackintosh-Corry, Room B176.

For further information about YWQ, contact meagan.suckling@queensu.ca.

For more on ERGs, contact emma.sobel@queensu.ca.

LIVES LIVED: A key player in increasing QSB’s global reach

David Rutenberg, Emeritus Professor in the School of Business, recently passed away while on vacation in Thailand. He arrived at Queen’s University in the late 1970s from Carnegie Mellon University and would remain here until he retired in the early part of this century.

From the beginning, and continuously over these years, David’s publications, his teaching, his doctoral supervisions, and his influence at Faculty Board and through various admission and hiring committees, had a very real and lasting impression on the school.

David Rutenberg
David Rutenberg

Perhaps the greatest of these impacts was in the student exchange program area, no doubt a natural offshoot of his basic interest in International Business. To understand this more fully one has to recognize that when he arrived, the university was a very insular place having one long-standing, but essentially moribund, exchange agreement with St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

Businesses, and certainly professors of international business, were increasingly turning their attention to international matters in what was to blossom into what we now know as ‘globalization’, and David felt that an important part of preparing students for this new world was a) actually getting them out there; and b) having others come here to give us another perspective; in short an exchange.

So into the fray he plunged and working with John McKirdy, Joan Wright and others David began to expand the offerings hoping to entice students to risk taking some time to go ‘on exchange’ somewhere for a term. At the outset most of these exchanges were in Europe but the destinations and participants kept expanding until today, in this year 2014-15, and thanks also to the efforts of Dean David Saunders who sees the world in the same terms as David, the Queen’s School of Business has agreements with 110 schools, in 39 countries, and will send 485 of its students out on exchange, and receive 466 in return. All this started with David Rutenberg.

Following his retirement he became more involved with the local community serving, for example, on the city’s Economic Development Committee (KEDCO) and with the McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association in that area of the city where he lived. He was also active in the life of Chalmers United Church where a Service of Remembrance was held for him just before Christmas. There people also recalled that he was, among all these other things, also “enlightening, motivating, supportive, inquisitive and genuinely such a nice man”.

He is survived by his wife of many years, Sandra, two sons Andrew and Michael, and numerous grandchildren.

Merv Daub is Emeritus Professor at the Queen’s School of Business and was a colleague of David Rutenberg.


Speaking the world’s language

Campus has gotten a little more multicultural since the creation of the World Languages Club this January.

Daniel Hu and the World Languages Club want to make campus more multilingual. (University Communications)

Aimed at people who want to speak new languages and learn about world cultures, the club holds language- and culture-themed nights out of the Queen’s University International Centre. They’re hoping to spark greater interest in cross-cultural sharing and learning.

“Language is such a big thing that connects and it’s not given enough focus in our predominantly English-speaking environment,” says Daniel Hu (ArtSci ’15), the club’s president. “We want to encourage a campus culture of multilingualism.”

Leading by example, Mr. Hu, who is also chair of the Department of Literatures, Languages and Cultures’ student council, is fluent in or working on learning five different languages.

Though there are a number of smaller language clubs around campus, Mr. Hu says they struggle to maintain consistent membership and interest, something he hopes the World Languages Club can fix. Its plan is to have chapters within the club that run events about a given language or culture, such as an Oktoberfest for German and the Lunar New Year for Chinese. That way, events will be more regular, structured and the club can retain more members.

In order to make sure the events are accessible for all skill levels among speakers, they’ll utilize a rotation system. The system groups together those with similar skills and has more proficient speakers deliver lessons to those who need them.

“We would really like to build a membership that is not restricted to language concentrators and international students,” says Mr. Hu. “We want to make this opportunity available to wider Queen’s community.”

Along with culture-specific nights, the club will also hold multilingual events celebrating international exchange and the benefits of multilingualism. Complementing all events will be a spread of food related to their culture, either provided by the club or assembled by potluck.

“This is a great venue for students to get together, discuss what they’ve learned and even practice their foreign language skills,” says Dr. Donato Santeramo, Head, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The department will be assisting and liaising with the club as it continues to grow.

More information can be found at the club’s webpage.

Flags lowered for professor emeritus, long-time supporter

Flags on campus currently lowered for Geoff Lockwood will remain lowered to honour Professor Emeritus Ronald G. Weisman and Lawson Bruce Cronk, a former member of University Council.

Dr. Weisman completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees at Michigan State University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California from 1965-66. In 1966, he joined the Department of Psychology at Queen’s. Later, he obtained a cross-appointment to the Department of Biology.

Dr. Weisman was fond of saying that he worked at Queen’s “as both man and boy.” Following approximately 35 years of service, he retired from Queen’s as professor emeritus but his prolific research career continued up to a few short months before his death. His research interests included animal learning, comparative cognition and evolutionary biology. Dr. Weisman was cofounder of the Conference on Comparative Cognition and cofounder and co-editor of its electronic journal, Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews.

Dr. Weisman’s memorial celebration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2-4 pm at the Kingston Yacht Club (1 Maitland St.) His family invites people to post on Facebook or email condolences, stories, anecdotes, one-liners, pictures and moments that celebrate his life. Anyone wishing to become a friend of Dr. Weisman’s on Facebook, so they may post a message about him, can send a friend request and Mitchell Weisman will accept and update those requests on a regular basis. 

Memorial donation suggestions include OXFAM Canada, NPR and PBS.

Dr. Cronk possessed remarkable affection for Queen's

Dr. Cronk, Meds’47, built an illustrious career in medicine after graduating from Queen’s. He was fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. During his practicing career he was chief of medicine and president of the medical staff of Belleville General Hospital on recurring occasions, and a consultant to the Picton, Trenton, Campbellford, and Cobourg hospitals, as well as the CFB Trenton base hospital. He was involved in numerous community service projects during his lifetime. 

A cornerstone of Dr. Cronk’s philosophy was his tremendous dedication to education and its institutions generally, and medicine in particular. His remarkable support and affection for Queen’s spanned his adult life. He was permanent president of the Class of Meds’47, graduating with the gold medal in surgery; the W.W. Near and Susan Near Prize for the second highest standing throughout his medical degree program; and the Hanna Washborn Colson Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Diagnosis in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. He was president of the Queen’s Aesculapian Society (the undergraduate body of the School of Medicine), and a member of the Queen’s Alma Mater Society executive. He was recipient of the Queen’s Tricolour Society Award and played three seasons with the Golden Gaels football team.

He was a faculty member in the School of Medicine as a clinical assistant, then lecturer, then assistant professor, from 1953 until his retirement in 1988. He was a life member of the Queen’s Grant Hall Society and a member of Queen’s University Council. In 2013, Queen’s established the Dr. Bruce Cronk Distinguished Lecture Series in his honour. This endowed annual event is designed to host eminent scholars involved with all areas of medicine. 

Visitation will be held at the John R. Bush Funeral Home (80 Highland Ave., Belleville, Ont.) on Friday, March 6 from 1-7 pm. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Bridge Street United Church (60 Bridge St. East, Belleville, Ont.) on Saturday, March 7 at 2 pm with Rev. David Mundy officiating. It was Dr. Cronk’s wish that any donations in his memory be made to Bridge Street United Church, Doctors Without Borders or the charity of your choice. 

Artful reveal

  • [Jan Allen, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre]
    Jan Allen, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, spoke to a full house at the season launch. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Marla Dobson explains her exhibition]
    Marla Dobson (second from right) curated The Park and the Forest under the supervision of Alicia Boutilier as part of a practicum course in the graduate program of the Department of Art History and Art. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Charles Stankievech]
    Artist Charles Stankievech in his exhibition Monument as Ruin. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Stephanie Dickey]
    Stephanie Dickey (Art History), Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, introduced Artists in Amsterdam. (Photo by Tim Forbes)

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s unveiled its new exhibitions during a season launch event last week. Several hundred patrons explored the exhibitions and met artist Charles Stankievech, whose works are featured in Monument as Ruin, a probing examination of 20th-century military forms and the ways they’ve shaped spaces of conflict. Mr. Stankievech also participated in a panel discussion with David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, on Jan. 14 that filled the atrium of the Agnes.

Other shows featured this winter include The Park and the Forest – an exhibition of watercolours and sketches by British-born artists who received artistic training in England and worked in Canada during the 19th century – and Artists in Amsterdam – a new exhibition drawn from The Bader Collection that offers insight into the flowering of a distinctive school of art in 17th-century Amsterdam. The Agnes has also created a new display in the Etherington House focused on Sir John A. Macdonald.   

Premier Wynne meets with students at alma mater

  • [Premier Wynne Visit]
    Premier Kathleen Wynne is greeted by Chancellor Jim Leech, Provost Alan Harrison and AMS President Allison Williams as she arrives at Queen's University.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to a group of students at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre after arriving at Queen's University on Monday.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne visited her alma mater Queen's University on Monday, including a stop at Chown Hall, where she once worked as a proctor.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne arrives at Ban Righ Hall along with Chancellor Jim Leech, Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala, and AMS president Allison Williams.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne took time to speak with students on Monday afternoon as she visited Ban Righ Hall at Queen's Univeristy.
  • [Premier Wynne Visit]
    Premier Kathleen Wynne took time to speak with students as she visited Ban Righ Hall at Queen's Univeristy on Monday afternoon.

Premier Kathleen Wynne got a close-up look at her alma mater Queen’s University on Monday, the final stop on her 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities.

Premier Wynne (Artsci’77) started her tour of Queen’s at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, where she sat down with a group of students.

The premier then made her way to Chown Hall where she worked as a residence proctor during her time at the university. She toured one of the floors and met with a group of dons.

Next up was a visit to Ban Righ Hall, where students were having lunch. Premier Wynne spoke with a number of students and even took some time for a few selfies, including one student who said he wanted to one-up his brother who recently posted an image with Toronto mayor John Tory.

As she exited the dining hall the premier met with the Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team who presented her with a personalized sweater.

Premier Wynne wrapped up her tour with a special lecture at Queen’s School of Business, speaking on her journey from the classrooms of Queen’s to the pinnacle of power at Queen’s Park.

The focus of the schools tour was for the premier to engage with students themselves, something she was able to do at Queen’s.

“Having the discussion with the students was fantastic,” she says. “I really like hearing what’s right on the top of people’s minds and what they’re most concerned about.”

- With files from Andrew Stokes

Creating connections

On a Thursday in early December, several high school students step out the back door of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC). They stand in boot-deep snow and listen attentively as Dustin Kanonhsowanen Brant shows them how to sand the handle of the cow horn rattle they are creating.

Dustin Kanonhsowanen Brant demonstrates for high school students the technique for sanding a piece of wood into a handle for a cow horn rattle. The activty was part of the weekly after-school leadership program hosted by Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.  

The eager high school students are taking part in the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program, one of several outreach programs FDASC is spearheading.

FDASC invited students from Grades 8-12 to join the weekly after-school leadership program. The goal is to give high school students a safe space where they can interact with positive role models including Aboriginal Queen’s students, while they develop leadership skills.

“We really want to promote healthy relationships in a culturally relevant setting,” says Ashley Maracle, Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison, FDASC. “The program also helps fill a gap that was created after Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre closed. We are trying to offer positive and engaging programming for Indigenous students in the city.”

In addition to participating in a variety of different activities each week, the students worked to make a difference. Throughout the fall, they conducted a fundraiser to support the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in northern Ontario. The students collected food, clothing and funds that will be sent to the northern community this winter.

"We want Indigenous students in the city to feel that Four Directions is a home for them and a safe space even when they’re in high school." 

— Ashley Maracle, Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison

The recruitment aspect of Ms. Maracle’s job requires her to spend a lot of her time on the road. While she visits Aboriginal communities throughout Ontario to extol the virtues of Queen’s and post-secondary education, she doesn’t want to ignore Aboriginal students in Kingston and the surrounding area.

“We are trying to build relationships with the Indigenous community living here in Kingston and pull in those students earlier,” she says. “We want them to feel that Four Directions is a home for them and a safe space even when they’re in high school. We believe they are more likely to apply to Queen’s knowing that Four Directions is here for them.”

Another component of FDASC’s outreach efforts is a partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario to offer physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs for Aboriginal youth and adults across the city. Students can attend after-school programs on Tuesdays while families can gather on Wednesday nights and play different games each week.

FDASC also established a new mentorship program with the Katarokwi Aboriginal Alternative School in Kingston. The one-on-one mentorship program sees Queen’s students travel to Katarokwi Aboriginal Alternative School each week and work with the students as they strive to achieve a personal or academic goal they have set for themselves.

“The programs are a great way for Queen’s students to engage with the Aboriginal community on a weekly basis,” Ms. Maracle adds. “All of the outreach programs give Queen’s students the opportunity to build a positive relationship with the Indigenous community here in the city, while promoting leadership skills for students engaged.”

For more information about the outreach programs, contact Ms. Maracle via email or at ext. 77986.

Momentum building for 175th anniversary

Planning for Queen’s University’s 175th anniversary in 2016-17 is shifting into a higher gear.

The 175th anniversary executive committee is in the process of identifying events, activities and initiatives that will occur or be created for 2016-17 that could be enhanced or co-branded to coincide with the anniversary.

“Through our ongoing meetings with units and faculties across the university, we are developing a network of enthusiastic contacts who are assisting us in the planning process,” says David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen’s 175th Anniversary in 2016-17. “For example, whether at the Agnes or the Isabel, in the Faculty of Law or at Four Directions, with the City of Kingston or our many alumni branches, we are identifying and will promote a comprehensive and diverse mosaic of activities to properly reflect this important milestone year.”

[David Walker]
David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen's 175th Anniversary in 2016-17, has dedicated a great deal of his time developing a network to assist in the planning process. 

Dr. Walker, former dean of Health Sciences, and the executive committee have been mindful of the objectives of the 175th anniversary celebration, which were developed with significant input from the advisory committee chaired by the Hon. Peter Milliken. The goals of the 175th anniversary include:

  • Celebrating Queen’s unique legacy, contributions and role at the national and international levels and raising the profile of the university
  • Contributing to the future vision for the university
  • Enhancing and strengthening relationships with the City of Kingston and constituent stakeholders, including alumni
  • Promoting and celebrating the close of the Initiative Campaign.

In the coming months, the executive committee will share a preliminary view of the significant range of anniversary events and activities, including “175 Queen’s Moments,” an exciting initiative spearheaded by Mike Blair (Sc’17), 175th Co-Ordinator.

The executive committee launched a Queen’s 175th anniversary website in the fall to share information and updates. The website will develop into a more robust communications vehicle in 2015.

Advice and ideas are welcome by sending an email to qu175@queensu.ca

Raising community, holiday spirit through sing-a-long

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    Members of the Queen's University and Kingston community take part in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long on Friday at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
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    Darrell Bryan, adjunct lecturer with the Queen’s School of Music, performs in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
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    Gordon Craig, adjunct assistant professor at the Queen’s School of Music, leads the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
  • [Messiah Sing-a-Long 2014]
    Students from the Queen’s School of Music participate in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
  • [Messiah Sing-a-Long 2014]
    Students from the Queen’s School of Music participate in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.

The Queen’s School of Music’s Messiah Sing-a-Long, a holiday-season tradition at Queen’s University, was held for the first time at the recently-opened Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 28.

Queen’s and Kingston community members turned out in the lobby area to listen to and take part in George Frideric Handel’s choral masterpiece.


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