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Young Women at Queen’s to talk diversity

A panel of Queen’s employees will tackle the topics of valuing diverse identities on campus.

An employee resource group is looking to share its expertise in building a more inclusive campus.

Young Women at Queen's (YWQ) aims to engage and empower self-identifying women staff at Queen’s. Their mandate is to build a professional community for women at Queen’s, interact and share knowledge about women and work, and advocate for women.

Panel moderator Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office; with panelists Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs; Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), President of the Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, a Career Coach with the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. (University Communications)
Panel moderator Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office; with panelists Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs; Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), President of the Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, a Career Coach with the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. (University Communications)

YWQ has organized a panel discussion titled “Valuing Diverse Identities on Campus” to further the discussion on how staff can help to create a more inclusive Queen’s campus. The panel will include Alana Butler, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education; Asha Gordon, President, Queen’s Black Academic Society; Nilani Loganathan, Career Coach in the Career Advancement Centre, Smith School of Business; and Vanessa Yzaguirre (MA’16), Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator with Student Affairs. It will be moderated by Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office.

The event will be hosted on Thursday, November 30 from 5 to 6:30 pm in Macdonald Hall Room 3.

“I decided to participate because I strongly believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion should be important to any university,” says Dr. Butler. “As an underrepresented minority female, it's very easy to feel alienated and alone. I have had so many minority students say that seeing me here as a faculty member makes them feel more included. I feel very positive that Queen's University will attract more diverse students, faculty, and staff in the future.”

The YWQ group meets twice a month, and develops special programs and events such as the YWQ mentorship program that connects Queen’s women at early or mid-career stages with women leaders at the university. YWQ has an Instagram profile @youngwomenqueens.

Principal Woolf withdraws from seeking third term

Principal Daniel Woolf announced today that he will no longer be seeking a third term when his current term ends June 30, 2019.

Principal Daniel Woolf
Principal Daniel Woolf announced Tuesday that he will no longer be seeking a third term when his current term ends June 30, 2019. (University Communications)

“Today I informed the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship that after considerable further reflection over the past several weeks, I have concluded that after having served for 10 years it would be best for Queen’s, and for me, to step down from the principalship at the conclusion of my current term. Having requested consideration for the reappointment during the summer, I have been led to this conclusion both by a sense that the renewal process will be good for the university and by my own wish to return to full-time research and teaching as a professor in the Department of History for a few years prior to retirement, following a period of administrative leave.”

In the committee meeting Principal Woolf stressed that it has been a great honour and privilege to serve as principal of his alma mater, and that he will continue to serve with a strong sense of commitment and energy during the next 19 months as the next principal is recruited.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to thank Principal Woolf for his vision and leadership and for his incredible dedication to Queen’s,” says Donald Raymond, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Under Principal Woolf’s leadership, Queen’s is in a far better place today – it has been stabilized, re-energized, and has made considerable progress on a number of key fronts. Over the course of his two terms, Principal Woolf has led the university through difficult times and his unwavering support for students has made Queen’s a leader in student experience and a mental health champion across the country. His leadership has positioned us for a bright future. As there is still much to be accomplished, we look forward to working with him and his senior team so that Queen’s continues to thrive over the next year and half. We will, of course, find suitable occasions to celebrate his many accomplishments.”

During the past eight and a half years, Principal Woolf has overseen a long list of accomplishments. Among them are his efforts to improve the university’s financial position, which in turn has allowed Queen’s to begin investing in an unprecedented plan to hire 200 new faculty over five years, the construction of modern buildings and learning spaces, more ground-breaking research, and new ways to support students as they learn and grow at Queen’s. He has shown a strong commitment to the creation of a more diverse and inclusive campus, and to the development of more global ties through our internationalization strategy. Another highlight has been his oversight of the university’s largest and most successful fundraising campaign, the 10-year Initiative Campaign, which raised more than $500 million for the university.

Principal Woolf’s announcement brings to an end the work of the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship which was being led by Chancellor Jim Leech.

“There is no doubt Principal Woolf has built strong relationships and made strategic decisions that will benefit Queen’s for many years to come. His legacy will be a lasting one,” says Chancellor Leech. “As for next steps, the university will now begin the process of choosing a new principal and details of the recruitment process will be announced as they become available in the new year.”

Inaugural UCARE members announced

The University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity will begin meeting early next year to support a more inclusive Queen’s.

Queen’s has established a new council which will ensure a continuing and sustained conversation aimed at addressing anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion on campus.

The UCARE nominating committee, including Amir Fam, Professor, Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science, and Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Ramna Safeer (Artsci'18), AMS Social Issues Coordinator; Stephanie Simpson, Director, Human Rights Office; and Cam Yung (Sc'16), Rector. (University Communications)

Creating this new council was a key recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.

Following the call for applications in October, the inaugural members of the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) have been selected and their first meetings have been set.

“This new group will help shape the vision and strategy of our university, serving as a critical voice and advocate for diversity and inclusion,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Establishing UCARE is a crucial step towards PICRDI implementation and towards building a more inclusive campus community.”

The UCARE nominating committee, which included representation by faculty, staff, and students, reviewed the applications to develop the list of potential members. The nominating committee provided its recommendations to the Principal for final approval. The Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) acted as a non-voting chair on the nomination committee.

“I am pleased to announce the first ever members of UCARE, and I look forward to working together to build a more equitable Queen’s University,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “Queen’s strives to create a campus community that respects and reflects the diversity of our country, is welcoming and accessible, and fosters a sense of belonging. This new council will help us continue to make progress on these important goals and build a two-way dialogue about these issues.”

The 17 members of UCARE are appointed to one- or two-year terms which can be renewed. The council includes majority representation from racialized groups, and has committed to maintaining at least 51 per cent representation when recruiting new members.

The first meeting of UCARE will be in the new year. More information on the UCARE committee can be found on the Provost’s website.

To learn more about the PICRDI report, please visit the Principal’s website.

Inaugural members of UCARE

Name Title
Darian Baskatawang (Artsci’18) Student
Michael Blennerhassett Chair, Senate Educational Equity Committee and Professor, School of Medicine
Alana Butler Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Yolande Chan Associate Dean (Research, PhD & MSc Programs), Smith School of Business
Liying Cheng Professor, Faculty of Education
Yolande Davidson Alumna and community member
Yasmine Djerbal PhD candidate
Setareh Ghahari Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Adriana Lopez Villalobos Ban Righ Centre
Aba Mortley Alumna and community member
Mona Rahman Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Ramna Safeer Commissioner of Social Issues, Alma Mater Society
Teri Shearer Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
Stephanie Simpson Director, Human Rights Office
Ann Tierney Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs)
Nathan Utioh Residence Life
Rosie Petrides Equity & Diversity Commissioner, Society of Graduate & Professional Students

Gaels women's hockey team stretches win streak to nine

Gaels women's hockey team stretches win streak to eight
The Queen's Gaels women's hockey team celebrates after Jessica Wakefield scored in overtime against the Ryerson Rams. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (8-3-0-1) secured a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over the Ryerson Rams (3-3-4-2) on Sunday afternoon to keep their winning streak alive at nine games. The Gaels tied the game late in the third period before Jessica Wakefield completed the comeback in overtime, backhanding a beautiful goal to send Queen's home with a 3-2 victory. Addi Halladay and Hailey Wilson also scored.

On Friday the Gaels beat the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-0-5-1) by a score of 4-1. After the Varsity Blues opened the scoring early in the game, the Gaels evened the score with a goal from Bryce Desa and went into the lead through Katrina Manoukarakis.

Alex Maw and Hailey Wilson rounded out the scoring in the second and third periods, respectively.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen’s Gaels (7-4-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to the Western Mustangs (4-8-2) on Saturday night despite outshooting their opponent 40-25. Warren Steele scored the lone goal for the Gaels.

On Friday, the Gaels scored a 4-2 triumph over the Windsor Lancers (5-5-3), while, once again outshooting the opponent 47-28. Darcy Greenaway netted a pair of goals, with singles going to Eric Margo, and Ben Fanjoy.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (7-1) came away with a 71-68 victory over the Western Mustangs (4-5) at the ARC Saturday night.

Trailing after three quarters, the Gaels outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the final quarter. Marianne Alarie led the way with 23 points and Veronika Lavergne added 12. Rookie Sophie De Goede hit double-digits with 10 points along with six rebounds and four assists.

On Friday Alarie was on fire once again as the Gaels scored a big 71-51 win over the No. 5 nationally-ranked Windsor Lancers (5-2). Alarie finished with 23 points while the defence held Windsor to just 30.8 per cent shooting from the floor.

Lavergne added 14 points while Emma Ritcey finished with nine points and 11 assists.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Gaels men’s basketball team (5-3) fell just short against the Western Mustangs (5-4) Saturday night, losing 75-71.

The home side battled back from 19 points down, but were unable to pull off the comeback. Jaz Bains finished with a double-double on 21 points and 10 assists. Mike Shoveller added 12 points and seven blocks.

On Friday, the Gaels beat the Windsor Lancers (2-5) 96-94, after coming back from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter. Bains finished with 24 point and nine assists and Mat Elcock contributed 22 points, while going 6-for-8 on three-pointers.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (6-2) picked up a road victory Saturday winning in five sets over the Windsor Lancers (4-5), 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 24-26 and 15-10. Olivia van Baaren and Shannon Neville both recorded 18 kills to lead the offence, while Sierra Hardy had 40 assists.

On Friday, the Gaels were defeated by the Western Mustangs (3-2) in straight sets 9-25, 18-258 and 20-25. The Gaels attack just never seemed to get going and Van Baaren finished with a team-high eight kills.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (4-3) fell in five sets road against the Windsor Lancers (5-2) on Saturday 14-25, 25-21, 21-25, 28-26 and 13-15. Markus Trence led the attack with 23 kills and Zane Grossinger finished with 46 assists.

On Friday, it was another tough five-set loss against the Western Mustangs (5-2), 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25 and 13-15. Trence had 17 kills and Joel Rudd and Jack Peckham added 10 each. Grossinger had 45 assits.

A degree of inspiration

If you’ve ever wanted to meet a hero, or share a world-changing leader’s insights with the Queen’s community, you may want to consider nominating someone for an honorary degree at Queen’s.

Honorary degrees are one of the most prestigious awards given by a university. Recipients are nominated by the university community based on their contribution to the university, the local community, Canadian society, and to the world.

Bill Flanagan, Dean of Law, recounts his recent experience nominating Douglas Cardinal, a prominent Indigenous architect, Order of Canada inductee, and leader in the Indigenous community.

Douglas Cardinal lectures in front of a packed room in Macdonald Hall during his visit to Queen's to receive his honorary degree in March, 2017.
Douglas Cardinal lectures in front of a packed room in Macdonald Hall during his visit to Queen's to receive his honorary degree in March, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Van Overbeke)

“Douglas has had a long and distinguished career, and he’s been a great friend of the school. He’s come to speak to our students about Indigenous legal matters, and gave two lectures while he was in Kingston for the convocation about Indigenous peoples and law in Canada. He has created award-winning and world-renowned buildings, such as the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and a church in Red Deer, Alberta – a famous building which I attended as a kid, and I was always terribly impressed by its beauty,” he says.

“Nominating honorary degree recipients is of great value, both to recognize their contributions and also as an opportunity to provide inspiration to our graduates,” says Dean Flanagan. “It’s important that these nominees are considered carefully, and be of a certain caliber, like Douglas Cardinal, who has been a tremendous leader in his field.”

The Senate Honorary Degree Committee approves nominees from the applications, and may award a Doctor of Divinity, Laws, or Science to the successful recipients.

Richard Reznick, Dean of Health Sciences, has nominated many honorary degree recipients over the years, and recounts one of his most memorable.

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, honorary degree recipient, delivers a moving speech at the School of Medicine Class of 2011 convocation. (Photo: Jackie Duffin)
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, honorary degree recipient, delivers a moving speech at the School of Medicine Class of 2011 convocation. (Photo: Jackie Duffin)

“The very first recipient that I nominated was Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. He is a Canadian-Palestinian doctor who lived in Palestine but trained in Israel as an obstetrician, and had a lot of connections in the Israeli community. During one of the severe conflicts, where there were a lot of bombings, he had a tragedy that killed three of his children, his niece, and injured another child. He became world-famous for writing a book, I Shall Not Hate, which promoted using conflict and tragedy to foster understanding between sides on serious – in this case, thousands of years long – conflicts,” says Dr. Reznick. “When he gave his convocation speech, not only did he get a standing ovation, but he had everyone in tears.”

Both Deans would recommend the experience to anyone in the Queen’s community.

“I’ve made it a habit to nominate someone every year,” says Dr. Reznick. “It’s really about honouring the nominee, and inspiring our students, but it also gives Queen’s a chance to affiliate with these world-famous people, and create a connection.”

“Of course,” says Dean Flanagan. “For my nomination of Douglas, I wanted to both recognize and thank him for his contribution to our school, speaking to our students, participating in our Indigenous art project, and providing a voice for Indigenous people in the law school.”

You don’t have to be a Dean to nominate someone for an honorary degree. Anyone from the Kingston or Queen’s community may nominate a person they believe has made remarkable contributions to the lives of others throughout the world, in academia, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.

The committee invites nominations for honorary degrees to all who qualify, including women, Aboriginal persons, visible minorities/racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.

The selection process begins after all nominations are submitted, when the committee meets to review the nominations and make recommendations. The Senate then approves the recommendations in April, and invitations to candidates for both the fall and winter convocations are sent over the summer. In fall, the list of honorees are made public.

Applications are open through the University Secretariat to nominate an individual or group for an honorary degree for fall and winter of 2019. The deadline is March 1, 2018 to submit nomination forms.

AMS and Queen’s mark Sexual Violence Awareness Week with 'Unfounded' talk

Robyn Doolittle, Globe & Mail reporter and author of a series of articles about how police handle sexual assault cases, visited Queen’s as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Robyn Doolittle presents as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week. (Photo by Iain Sherriff-Scott)

A group of students attended a talk from an award-winning journalist earlier this week as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week. Robyn Doolittle of The Globe & Mail walked the students through her investigation into how police have responded to, and in some cases dismissed, allegations of sexual assault.

The “Unfounded” series in the national newspaper was the culmination of a 20-month exploration of the sexual assault cases categorized by police forces across the country as 'unfounded'. The series sparked a national conversation on what it can mean be a survivor or victim of sexual violence in the justice system and how our institutions engage with a culture of sexual violence.

“I think Robyn’s keynote allowed us such an interesting and new insight into what it is like to be a survivor in the law enforcement system,” says Ramna Safeer, the Alma Mater Society’s Social Issues Coordinato. “Her talk was a foot in the door of nuanced conversations of the complex, multifaceted experiences of survivors and the systemic issue of sexual violence.”

Sexual Violence Awareness Week is a survivor-centric glimpse at the important sexual violence prevention and education that happens on campuses like Queen’s. Ms. Safeer, the Alma Mater Society’s Social Issues Coordinator, says she hopes this week, and this presentation, contribute to a more survivor-centric approach to this work.

The event was well received by attendees. PhD candidate Morgan Oddie attended the talk and said she was pleased to see changes in the way police approach sexual assault which came about as a result of Ms. Doolittle’s reporting.

The presentation was hosted by the Bystander Intervention Training Program, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator Barbara Lotan, and the AMS’ Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC).

To read the first story in Ms. Doolittle’s series, visit The Globe & Mail’s website.

Innovation and Wellness Centre construction to affect sidewalk, Union Street, QUIC, blue light Nov. 27–Dec. 1

Work will continue on the Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC) project during the week of November 27, with additional pre-cast concrete panels being hoisted onto the west side of the building.

To accommodate this work, there will be traffic disruptions in front of the site between Monday, November 27 to Friday, December 1:

  • The sidewalk in front of the IWC will be closed.
  • Parking in front of the IWC will be inaccessible.
  • There will be detours in place on Union Street near the IWC.
  • The emergency telephone (blue light) at the southeast corner of the John Deutsch University Centre will be removed from service.

Additionally, the Queen’s University International Centre's (QUIC's) Churchill Room will be closed as a safety precaution between Monday, November 27 to Friday, December 1 while the panels are being hoisted.

Work is expected to conclude each day by 6 pm, at which time the restrictions will be lifted until the following day.

For more information, contact Fixit at ext. 77301 or by email.

Aboriginal leaders, mental health advocate among QUAA award recipients

QUAA Awards

Two champions of Aboriginal issues, a mental health advocate, and a rising media star are among this year’s recipients of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) Awards

Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University co-chair and former Trent University Native Studies professor Marlene Brant Castellano (Arts’55, LLD’91), Queen’s Director of Indigenous Initiatives Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) (B.Ed.’99), The Jack Project founder Eric Windeler (Com’82, LLD’15), and Buzzfeed Canada editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Artsci’11), are being honoured for being leaders in their field and for their support of the university.

“Queen’s would not be the university it is today without the tireless work of its staff, alumni, and volunteers. The Awards Gala is a chance to acknowledge these dedicated people and give them the recognition they deserve,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf (Artsci’80).

Dr. Brant Castellano is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honour bestowed by the QUAA. The member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte is a leader in Aboriginal education and research who has dedicated her life to the rights and well-being of Indigenous people. She has served on many government and academic research committees. She retired from Trent in 1996 but continues to work on reconciliation between Aboriginal people and all Canadians, including the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force

The other recipients being honoured at the awards gala are:

  • John Allingham, professor in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences – Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Allingham has received praise from his students for his dedication to teaching and going above and beyond. He is not the type of teacher who stands in front of the classroom and talks for an hour. He believes in active learning. He creates eye-catching videos and brings in props to help explain complex topics. He also spends countless hours working with students outside the classroom on projects such as the Queen’s Genetically Engineered Machine Team (QGEM).
  • Eric Windeler (Com’82, LLD’15) – Alumni Humanitarian Award: Mr. Windeler is a mental health advocate who founded The Jack Project in 2010 with his wife, Sandra Hanington, after their son, Jack, died by suicide while in his first year studying at Queen’s. Mr. Windeler quickly built The Jack Project into a national organization that works directly with student leaders to develop initiatives to improve mental wellbeing on campuses across Canada.
  • Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill) (B.Ed.’99) – Alumni Mentorship Award: Kanonhsyonne is the former director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre who was recently named the inaugural Director of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s. She has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous students at Queen’s and in the Kingston community. She has spent countless hours on committees and working with staff and administrators to develop a welcoming and supportive environment for Indigenous students.  
  • Sue Bates (Artsci’91) – Herbert J. Hamilton Volunteer Service Award): Ms. Bates has inspired many alumni and volunteers with her overwhelming love of all things tricolour. She has a long history of volunteering for both Queen’s and the alumni association. The former University Council member launched an alumni branch in Turks & Caicos in 1999 when she lived in the Caribbean country. When she returned to Kingston, she continued to volunteer with the local branch, eventually becoming Kingston Branch President. She is currently the president of the QUAA.
  • London UK Branch – Initiative of the Year Award: The branch hosted a talk with track star Stef Reid (Artsci’06). It helped more than 100 alumni reconnect with Queen’s and deepen tricolour pride as the World Para Athletics long jump champion inspired everyone with her story of how she went from Queen’s to the Paralympic Games.   
  • Elamin Abdelmahmoud (Artsci’11) – One to Watch Award: Mr. Abdelmahmoud has come a long way since his days as news director at CFRC and has emerged as a rising Canadian media star. He is currently an editor at Buzzfeed Canada and is a regular panelist and contributor on CBC’s The National.
  • Jasmit De Saffel – (Artsci’17) Outstanding Student Award: Ms. De Saffel excelled both academically and as a volunteer with various Queen’s organizations. She served on the Queen’s University Senate and held various positions with the Queen’s Student Alumni Association, Alma Mater Society, Residence Society, and Queen’s Journal. All her efforts earned her an Ontario Volunteer Service Award from the provincial government.
  • Edmond Chan (Artsci’97) ­– Marsha Lampman Branch Volunteer Award: Mr. Chan has been volunteering with the Hong Kong Branch of the QUAA for more than 20 years and was instrumental in helping coordinate the Queen’s 175th Celebrations in Hong Kong in May 2017.
  • Julia Reid (Artsci’08) – Rising Star Volunteer Award: Ms. Reid is currently the president of the New York City Branch. She has been working hard to build the alumni community in the Big Apple by recruiting new volunteers to the Branch executive and hosting about a dozen events over the past two years.

The awards will be handed out at the QUAA Gala Dinner on April 7, 2018.

Queen's United Way campaign closes in on 90 per cent of goal

United Way ThermometerThe Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $320,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington.

To date, the campaign has reached $283,804 or 88.6 per cent of its goal.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.

All-stars in sport and the classroom

  • Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon, left, and Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney helped recognize Nixon Academic Leadership Award winners, from second left: Erin Lee, Sam Dobbin, Ejaz Causer, Emily Gervais.
    Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon, left, and Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney helped recognize Nixon Academic Leadership Award winners, from second left: Erin Lee, Sam Dobbin, Ejaz Causer, Emily Gervais.
  • A new Academic Leadership Award was presented to male and female Pathways to Education high school student-athletes. From left: Varsity Leadership Counicl Co-Presidents Andrea Priamo and Mike Shoveller and award winners Shelbie Rayner-Murphy and Lloyd MacPherson.
    A new Academic Leadership Award was presented to male and female Pathways to Education high school student-athletes. From left: Varsity Leadership Counicl Co-Presidents Andrea Priamo and Mike Shoveller and award winners Shelbie Rayner-Murphy and Lloyd MacPherson.
  • A total of 360 varsity student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Stars, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year, during Wednesday morning's breakfast event at Grant Hall.
    A total of 360 varsity student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Stars, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year, during Wednesday morning's breakfast event at Grant Hall.

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation honoured the 2016-17 Academic All-Stars at a breakfast reception held Wednesday morning in Grant Hall.

A total of 360 varsity student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Stars, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year at Queen’s. The breakfast event marks the sixth year Athletics and Recreation has undertaken this initiative to honour the academic and athletic excellence of its student-athletes.

“We are so fortunate to have each and every one of you at Queen’s," Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney said to those in attendance. “Because of your hard work and dedication to both academic and athletic pursuits, we are consistently among the top five schools for the number of Academic All-Stars each year. I believe this reflects our goal of recruiting the very best student-athletes who are performing at the highest level, both in the classroom and on the field of play – and it reflects our commitment to providing you with the encouragement, support and resources that you need to excel.”

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon and Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation Leslie Dal Cin were also on hand to speak to the student-athletes and congratulate them on their success.

The Nixon Academic Leadership Award was given out to the male and female athletes from both the varsity teams and clubs who have exemplified achievement in academics, community service and fair play in their sport. This year's recipients of the Nixon Award are: Erin Lee (Women’s Swimming); Sam Dobbin (Men’s Triathlon); Emily Gervais (Women’s Hockey); and Ejaz Causer (Football). These awards are named in honour of Gord and Janet Nixon, two extraordinary benefactors to Athletics and Recreation.

A new Academic Leadership Award was presented this year to male and female Pathways to Education high school student-athletes who have demonstrated commitment, discipline, resilience, leadership and a positive attitude in combining academic achievement and athletic performance. This year’s recipients were Lloyd MacPherson and Shelbie Rayner-Murphy.

Last week Queen’s Athletics & Recreation announced its student-led Varsity Leadership Council have partnered with Pathways to Education to create mentorship and educational opportunities for local high school students. The partnership will also see Queen's Gaels Varsity Leadership Council host a group of Pathways students at Queen’s for a day to participate in activities, have lunch, and talk about what university and life as a student-athlete are like.

Approximately 41 per cent of Queen’s student-athletes were named Academic All-Stars this year. The varsity clubs with the highest GPAs were triathlon and track and field, while the women’s and men’s soccer teams recorded the highest team GPAs.

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