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Aubrey Groll: 1934-2018

Aubrey Groll

Aubrey Groll, a long-time member of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s and gastroenterologist at Kingston General Hospital, died on Thursday, Feb. 22. He was 85.

A devoted teacher, Dr. Groll was recognized for his outstanding clinical teaching by Queen’s medical students who awarded him the WT Connell Award for three successive years, and his colleagues presented him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996. Upon his retirement, the Faculty of Medicine established the Groll Prize in Clinical Studies for a student who demonstrates “exemplary interpersonal communication skills with patients.”

An obituary is available online.

Gaels advance in women’s hockey playoffs

Addi Halladay celebrates a goal
Addi Halladay celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the Queen's Gaels 4-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors at the Memorial Centre on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels teams and athletes competing over the weekend:


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels avenged their Friday night loss to the Waterloo Warriors with a dominating 4-0 triumph on Saturday night at the Memorial Centre to close out their OUA quarterfinal playoff series. The Gaels dominated from start to finish, outshooting the Warriors 38-19 on the way to their series-clinching victory. 

Stephanie Pascal turned aside all 19 shots she faced for her second shutout of the series. Queen's now advances to the OUA semifinals where they will face the Nipissing Lakers.

The Gaels got goals from Addi Halladay, Katrina Manoukarakis, Michele Knecht, and Brooklyn Bastarache.


The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels lost an overtime heartbreaker to the Concordia Stingers 3-2 in the deciding Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon.

The Stingers’ Philippe Sanche scored 51 seconds into overtime to send the Stingers into the next round of the playoffs and eliminate the Gaels.

Slater Doggett scored the opening goal of the game for the Gaels but the Stingers went ahead 2-1 13 minutes into the third period. However, the Gaels quickly tied it up as Jaden Lindo found the back of the net a little over a minute later.

The two teams went into defensive mode from that point, but the Gaels were whistled for a tripping penalty with 1:05 remaining in the game. Concordia was unable to take advantage but would head into overtime with a 55-second power play.

It took hardly any time for the Stingers to take advantage of the power play as Sanche beat Bailie on an odd-man rush just 51 seconds into the extra frame to end the game and the Gaels season.

With this game comes the end of the best season in program history. Queen's set a program record for wins this year with 19.


The Queen’s Gaels saw their season come to a close on Saturday night as the Ottawa Gee-Gees took a 74-63 win in OUA playoff action at the Queen's ARC.

The Gaels started slow and Ottawa took full advantage early.  The Gee-Gees were able to create space and knock-down their shots against the Gaels in the opening minutes building an 11-0 lead. The Gaels responded and scored the next 11 points to tie it up. However at the end of the back-and-forth first half the Gee-gees led 35-26.

In the third quarter, the Gee-Gees stretched their lead to 14 point before the Gaels battled back to close to 51-44.

In the end the gap was too much and the Gaels were eliminated. Abby Dixon led the Gaels with 16 points.


The Queen's Gaels beat the Trent Excalibur in a hard-fought four set match 18-25, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-15, giving head coach Brenda Willis a win in her final regular season game before retirement. The Gaels will now meet the Western Mustangs in the OUA playoffs Saturday in London.

After a slow start, losing the opening set, the Gaels found their grove on defence and offence to power past the hosts. Zac Hutchinson led the way with 16 kills. Julian Krygel had a pair of aces.


The Queen’s Gaels were victorious in their final regular season game with a five-set win over the Trent Excalibur 25-16, 22-25, 25-11, 21-25 and 15-11. The Gaels will now meet the Western Mustangs in London on March 3 in the OUA playoffs.

Shannon Neville finished with 12 kills while Caroline Livingston had 10. Isabelle Korchinski and Danielle Corrigan finished with five blocks each.

Introducing our new faculty members: Kristy Timmons

Kristy Timmons (Education) is one of the 41 new faculty members hired in 2017-18 as part of Principal Daniel Woolf's faculty renewal plans. 

This profile is part of a series which will highlight some of the new faculty members who have recently joined the Queen's community as part of the Principal's faculty renewal plans, which will see 200 new faculty members hired over the next five years - approximately 10 net new faculty hires per year.

Kristy Timmons (Education) sat down with the Gazette to talk about her experience so far and how she made it to Queen’s.

Kristy Timmons, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education. Dr. Timmons joined Queen's in the summer of 2017, part of a faculty renewal program initiated by the Principal. (University Communications)
Kristy Timmons, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education. Dr. Timmons joined Queen's in the summer of 2017, part of a faculty renewal program initiated by the Principal. (University Communications)

Tell us about yourself and how your first few months at Queen’s have been.

My research and teaching are focused in the area of early child development. I completed my undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies. This experience really taught me the importance of having both theoretical knowledge and practical experiences to truly understand child development. Upon graduation, I pursued graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), in the Child Study and Education Master’s program.

I really enjoyed working as a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Certified teacher. These experiences surfaced a lot more questions than answers about the education field. This lead me to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education at OISE/University of Toronto. While completing my doctoral studies I had the opportunity to teach in Higher Education at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

While I was writing my dissertation, in the final year of my doctoral work, this position in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s was posted and it really felt like the perfect fit for me.

I have now been in the position since July 1, 2017 and I feel lucky to be at a University where there is so much support for new Faculty. In the Faculty of Education we have a mentorship program and are supported in our transition to Queen’s. This mentorship group includes both formal and informal meetings. I was hired with two other new faculty members, Dr. Lee Airton and Dr. Alana Butler, who I am really fortunate to work with!

Tell us about your research.

Fast facts about Dr. Timmons

  Department: Education

  Hometown: Pickering, Ontario

  Research area: The processes that influence young children’s learning, engagement, and self-regulation

  Favourite kid’s book: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

  Dr. Timmons' webpage

My research interests centre on the processes that influence young children’s learning, engagement, and self-regulation. Within this focus, I have carried out research with children, families, and pre- and in-services educators.

My doctoral work examined the influence of educator and child expectations on kindergarten children’s literacy and self-regulation outcomes.

My current research focuses on two additional studies that were informed by findings from my doctoral work. The first is titled, “What is self-regulation anyway? Examination of the ways in which self-regulation is defined and promoted in early years practice and policy documents in Ontario. The second is, “Beyond expectation levels: The influence of educator expectations, beliefs, and practices on children’s learning outcomes in play-based kindergarten classrooms.

Sell us on taking a class with you. 

I am currently teaching four courses in the Consecutive Bachelor of Education Program. I hope to teach a graduate course this fall.

I recently pitched a graduate course on self-regulation and executive functions. Self-regulation has been a research focus in many fields ranging from education to neurobiology to many subfields of psychology. One of the major challenges is that there is no universal definition for self-regulation, and with differing definitions comes varying ways of measuring it.

It is important that teachers are aware of how to support the development of self-regulation. I often talk about co-regulation with students, as self-regulation involves a social component where a parent or teacher can support children in developing skills to be successful at managing their behaviours, impulses, emotions, and thoughts. Think of a group of Kindergarten students sitting on the carpet: one student is trying to talk to another student about their birthday party while the teacher is reading a story aloud to the class. The child has to inhibit their desire of talking to their friend about their birthday party in order to comprehend the story. With older students, the distraction could be looking on Facebook or checking a text message. These are really simple examples but are helpful in thinking about the daily interactions that require self-regulation skills. 

Childrens self-regulatory and attention skills are among the strongest predictors of future academic success. Although educators know the importance of self-regulation development, researchers and teachers alike continue to struggle to understand the complexities of what self-regulation is and how best to support it in a school context. I am hoping to offer a graduate course where we can begin to unpack the complexities of self-regulation and executive functions together.

Dr. Timmons delivers a lecture in "Self-Regulation in Kindergarten Contexts". (University Communications)
Dr. Timmons delivers a lecture in "Self-Regulation in Kindergarten Contexts". (University Communications)

You are teaching teachers so…what are some of the strategies you use in the classroom?

I apply a lot of strategies I used when I was a teacher to my teaching in higher education. It sounds a bit funny, but when you think about it, I am teaching at the Faculty of Education, many of our graduates will become teachers. I try to model strategies and practices that they will use in their classrooms.

I use various teaching approaches into my weekly class structure. I integrate a lecture component with in-class activities and discussions. I often integrate case studies into my lectures, as I find this allows students to reflect on real practice situations. I promote student involvement in the courses I teach through think, pair, and share interactions and small group discussions. I often encourage students to begin discussing concepts in these smaller groups and then ask for a group leader or a member of the partner team to summarize key points that have been discussed.

This past term, I had the opportunity to teach a Foundations of Psychology course where I had over 500 students. This was my first time teaching a large lecture-style class and I am continuing to learn what works and does not work in that teaching context.

Given your interest in early years education…what is your favourite kid's book, and why? And what was your favourite subject in school?

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid. I like to promote inquiry-based learning methods with students. In one of my classes, before reading the story, I asked the students to picture a tree and then to draw what they were picturing. Some drew a family tree, some drew a Christmas tree, and others had personal stories about a tree they had planted in their backyard or a tree they pass by on their daily run.

I emphasize in my literacy and language course how to use storybooks as a starting point into an exploration. I think these examples demonstrate the unique ideas and perspectives students bring with them to their teaching and learning.

My favourite subject…language arts or social studies. 

Anything you do to unwind?

Since moving to Kingston, I have taken up rock climbing which is something I never tried before. Unwinding for me often involves being active…spinning, weight lifting, and walking my dog. I am looking forward to exploring more of Kingston this summer. I went to Wolfe Island last year but I am hoping to see other islands this year.

What are you most grateful for?

I had an interest in research and teaching in the early years. With this role at Queen’s, I have found a path that brings teaching and research together. From early on, I knew I was interested in teaching yet I always had questions I wanted to explore in a research capacity. I am grateful to be in a position where I get to teach in higher education, work in the early years through my research, and continue to explore questions with the hope of improving the education of our youngest learners.

I am also really grateful to have a loving supportive network of family and friends around me who have supported me in accomplishing my goals. They have provided that extra external motivation when my internal motivation was running low.

I am the only teacher in my family, my brother’s background is in musical theatre and I remember telling him  ‘teaching is my stage’.

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 will see 200 new faculty hired, which nearly doubles the hiring pace of the past six years and will result in approximately 10 net new hires per year.

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.

Queen’s Engineering Outreach team teaching digital skills

The program has received new CanCode funding to support visits to local schools and First Nations communities.

Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen and local grade school students try their hand at some robotics experiments in the Queen's Tinker Trailer. (University Communications)
Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen and local grade school students try their hand at some robotics experiments in the Queen's Tech n' Tinker Trailer, a mobile education unit operated by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. (University Communications)

Local youth and schools will continue to benefit from technology workshops offered through Queen’s thanks to a recent federal government funding announcement.

Actua, a Canadian charity focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education among youth, was the organization that received the largest amount of funding under CanCode, an initiative of the Canadian Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. As a member of the Actua network, Queen’s Engineering Outreach will receive $230,000 over the next 18 months.

On hand to celebrate the funding announcement were representatives from Actua, and Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen.

“CanCode is our Government’s down payment on Canada’s future. This program will help ensure more young Canadians, of all backgrounds, have the right skills for the jobs of the future. Coding and digital literacy will be the bedrock of future jobs and further study in high-demand STEM fields,” says Mr. Gerretsen.

Representatives from Rideau Heights Public School and Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science celebrate funding which will allow Queen's to continue to visit schools like Rideau Heights and offer science, technology, engineering, and math programming. (University Communications)
Representatives from Rideau Heights Public School, Actua, and Queen's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science celebrate the CanCode funding announcement. This funding will allow Queen's to continue to visit schools like Rideau Heights and offer science, technology, engineering, and math programming. (University Communications)

The funds will be used to provide free workshops to grade school students to help them build their digital skills, and expose them to technologies such as coding and robotics. The workshops are offered multiple times per week across the greater Kingston area, and the funding will support programming through to the summer of 2019.

“On behalf of Queen’s, we thank Actua and the federal government for this funding, which will benefit thousands of students in our area,” says Scott Compeau, Outreach Lead with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“This funding will allow us to continue to partner not only with local schools but also with First Nations communities to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math-related learning activities,” says Melanie Howard, Director of Aboriginal Access to Engineering.

The Queen’s Engineering Outreach team recently won the “Experience Award: Indigenous Youth in STEM” from Actua. For more information on the Aboriginal Access to Engineering program at Queen’s, visit www.aboriginalaccess.ca

Six students inducted into Tricolour Society

The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award is one of the highest honours a student can receive from Queen's University.

2018 recipients of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award
This year's recipients of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award are, clockwise from top left: Hana Chaudhury (Com’18), Emilio Frometa (MIR’18), Max Garcia (Cmp’17), Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), Adam Grotsky (Artsci’16, Law’19), and Alexandra Palmeri (NSc’18). (University Communications) 

Six students – Hana Chaudhury (Com’18), Emilio Frometa (MIR’18), Max Garcia (Cmp’17), Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), Adam Grotsky (Artsci’16, Law’19), and Alexandra Palmeri (NSc’18) – have been named recipients of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, one of the highest honours a student can receive from the university.

“These are the best of the best that we have at Queen’s,” says Rector Cam Yung, Artsci’17, whose office is in charge of selecting which students are inducted into the Tricolour Society. “These are people who help others in need of support and have recognized gaps that have impacted students and the Kingston community. They have stepped up when others were at low points and worked their butts off to support and advocate for others.”

Students are selected for their distinguished service to the university in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities, with the three tenets being service, leadership, character.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Hana Chaudhury has a long list of activities and roles advocating for students, in particular for women and racialized students on campus, including serving on the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion, Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics and Queen’s International Affairs Association.
  • Emilio Frometa is the offensive captain of the Queen’s football team and the founder of the Autism Mentorship Program, an organization that pairs varsity athletes with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Max Garcia has spent much of his time at Queen’s helping students making the transition from high school and then to life after Queen’s, whether that is being a resident don or serving as president of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association. He advocated for classmates as president of the Computing Students’ Association and successfully lobbied the School of Computing to hire another professor.
  • Asha Gordon has been an integral part of race and ethnic inclusion at Queen’s through her work with clubs such as Queen’s Black Academic Society and Levana Gender Advocacy Centre. She worked with colleagues, students and alumni to co-found the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter.
  • Adam Grotsky is the former president of Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) and current president of Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) who implemented several crucial programs, most notably the Arts and Science Internship Program, which provides students with invaluable work experience to complement their in-classroom learning.
  • Alexandra Palmeri has had a positive impact on her faculty during her three years as Nursing Science Society president. Among her many accomplishments were supporting students through the academic appeals process, advocating for curriculum changes, revitalizing two workplaces for students, and co-founding of Threads of Inquiry – a clothing company that raises funds for undergraduate nursing student research.

“I want to thank all the recipients for their service. That is the purpose of the Tricolour Society – to say thank you,” says Mr. Yung.

The Tricolour Award has a long history at Queen’s. It was first handed out in 1940, and one of those original recipients was John Matheson, BA’40, DSA’77, LLD’84, who went on to serve in Ottawa as a Member of Parliament. In 1967, he helped created Canada's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, which he said he based on the Tricolour Society. He is also considered the father of the Canadian flag for leading the committee that helped select the red maple leaf as our new flag in the 1960s.

Other notable past Tricolour Award past recipients include: Dragons’ Den TV star Michele Romanow (Sc’07, MBA’08); author and Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson (Arts’71, LLD’05); Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Raymont (Arts’72); and former Bank of Canada Governor and Queen's Chancellor Emeritus David Dodge (Arts'65, LLD'02).

This year’s recipients will be honoured at a ceremony on April 7 at Grant Hall.

This story originally appeared on the Queen’s Alumni website.

Feb. 20 edition of the Gazette now available

Feb. 20, 2018 Queen's Gazette
Read the Feb. 20 online edition of the Gazette.

The Feb. 20 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • Coverage of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s visit to campus as part of her provincial tour of post-secondary institutions.
  • An article highlighting Richard Ascough (School of Religion) receiving the 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
  • The announcement of the inaugural co-chairs for the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE).
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published March. 6, 2018. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

The Queen’s plant-based menu is growing

Hospitality Services hosts Food Forward Culinary Experience.

Chef Wanda White trains Queen's campus culinary staff how to make plant-based recipes
Queen's campus culinary staff learning how to prepare are range of plant-based recipes.

The creator of the first 100 per cent plant-based dining hall in North America is at Queen’s University this week training campus chefs how to create delicious, cost-effective and sustainable meat-, egg-, and dairy-free meals for students.

Wanda White, Executive Chef with the Humane Society of the United States and former Executive Operations Chef at the University of North Texas, is delivering a two-day, hands-on tutorial to Queen’s Hospitality Services/Sedexo culinary staff to help them meet the growing demand for plant-based diets.

“We’re very excited that Chef Wanda White and her Food Forward Culinary Experience is here on campus to share tips and techniques for preparing plant-based meals,” says Colin Johnson, Queen’s University Campus Executive Chef. “This is the second-ever workshop of its kind that she has held in Canada, so we’re proud to part of the leading edge effort to promote and provide healthy vegetarian and vegan dietary options.”

Queen’s joins the ranks of Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of British Columbia, and many other North American schools in hosting a Food Forward event – a joint effort between post-secondary institutions, the US and Canadian Humane Societies, and Chef White.

“Equipping our culinary staff with an arsenal of plant-based recipes adds depth and quality to the array of meal options we provide,” says Jessica Bertrand, Registered Dietitian and Wellness Manager at Queen’s. “There are a number of health benefits associated with including more plant based products into our diet. Research has shown a well-balanced plant-based diet can lower the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure and cholesterol. However, following a completely plant based diet is not easy to do overnight. Instead, try introducing one meatless meal a week to start.”

According to the Humane Society International/Canada, between two and six per cent of Canadians are vegetarian or vegan, but everyone can benefit from some plant-based eating.

Chef White worked together with Chef Johnson and the Queen’s culinary staff to practice preparing a wide array of new plant-based dishes over the course of the two-day event, including ideas for every meal, from breakfast to dinner – and even dessert.

“We’re here to make good food. That’s what it’s about,” says Chef Wanda White. “We leave the vegan word out because this is really about making fast, fun, and familiar plant-based foods that are good for you. That’s what the students want.”

Following the training, the recipes learned by the Queen’s culinary staff will aid the campus in providing more vegetarian and vegan options to students. There is a plan to increase vegan offerings by five per cent at Queen’s dining halls and retail locations in time for fall 2018.

Gaels sweep Rams in final home game for coach Brenda Willis

Volleyball head coach Brenda Willis
Members of the Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team celebrate head coach Brenda Willis as they prepare to play her final regular season home game. Willis is set to retire at the end of the season.

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


The Queen's Gaels (9-8) put in a dominant performance, sweeping the Ryerson Rams (11-5) in the final home game for head coach Brenda Willis 25-16, 25-17, 25-14 on Saturday.

Prior to the match, the Gaels honoured their graduating seniors as Jack Peckham, Thomas Ellison and Markus Trence were recognized. The Gaels then honoured long-time head coach Brenda Willis, who received a standing ovation. Willis – who now has a Queen’s best 363 career victories at the helm of the volleyball team – is set to retire at the conclusion of the season.

Zac Hutcheson led the Gaels with 13 kills and Trence added nine more. Peckham finished with four blocks.

On Friday, the Gaels clinched a playoff spot as they swept the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-10) 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 at the ARC. Trence finished with 11 kills and Peckham added eight more. Zane Grossinger paced the attack with 35 assists


The Queen’s Gaels (12-6) fell in four sets to the undefeated No. 6 Ryerson Rams (17-0) 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, on Saturday night in their final home match of the season. The Gaels are now locked into third place in the OUA East division and will meet the Western Mustangs for their quarterfinal playoff in two weeks.

Before the start of the match, the Gaels honoured their graduating senior Shannon Neville who entered the night third in kills in the OUA. Neville led the attack with 17 kills but Ryerson were too strong overall.

On Friday the Gaels lost a tough five-set battle to the Toronto Varsity Blues (13-4) 25-22, 25-18, 26-28, 24-26, 8-15. Neville ended the game with 19 kills and four aces. Sierra Hardy had 54 assists.


The Queen’s Gaels (11-12) closed out the regular season with a tough road loss to the No. 1 Carleton Ravens (23-0) by a score of 97-52. The Gaels finished sixth in the OUA East and will visit the Ryerson Rams on Wednesday to open the OUA playoffs.

The powerhouse Ravens were too strong and showed why they are the top-ranked team in the country. Mike Shoveller led the Gaels with 12 points and two blocks.

On Friday, the Gaels pushed the No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-6) to the final whistle but fell just short in an 89-86 loss. The Gaels had tied it up in the final minute but the home side were able to pull out the win.

Tanner Graham finished with a team-high double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six assists.


The Queen's Gaels (17-6) dropped their final game of the OUA regular season 67-46 in Ottawa to the No. 1 Carleton Ravens (23-0) who finish the season undefeated.  Despite the loss, Queen’s secured the second seed in the OUA East and will host an OUA quarterfinal game Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Queen's ARC.

The top –ranked Ravens controlled the game throughout. Andrea Priamo led the Gaels with 10 points and eight rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels came away with a big 63-50 road win against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (14-8).

The Gaels led 32-35 at the half and maintained the comfortable gap to the final whistle. Marianne Alarie finished with 13 points and Priamo once again had 10 points and eight rebounds.


The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels (2-0) ousted the Nipissing Lakers (0-2) with a dominant 6-1 victory on Friday night. Luke Edwards and Jaden Lindo led the way for the Gaels with strong offensive efforts. Edwards had a goal and three assists while Lindo scored two goals and added an assist.

Also scoring for the Gaels were Warren Steele, Darcy Greenaway and Alex Stothart. Goalie Kevin Bailie earned the win with 28 saves.

The Gaels now face the Concordia Stingers in the second round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Memorial Centre at 7:30 pm.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s curling team narrowly missed out on a championship banner but finished the provincial tournament as the silver medalists and also qualified for the U SPORTS national championship in March being hosted by the University of Alberta in March at the Leduc Recreation Centre.

After finishing 5-2 in the round robin the Gaels advanced to the playoffs. After defeating the Guelph Gryphons 6-5 in the quarterfinals the Gaels beat the Brock Badgers 9-3 to reach the final against the Laurier Golden Hawks.

The two teams traded leads and were tied at 3-3 in the sixth. Laurier tallied lone points in the seventh and eighth ends to take the title 5-3.

Second Calli Barclay was named a first-team all-star for the Gaels while skip Mary Fay took home second-team honours.

On the men’s side the Gaels went through the round robin with a 5-2 record which advanced them to the playoffs. In the quarterfinals they met Ryerson and lost 8-5. Second Decebal Michaud was named to the first-team all-star squad while lead Owen Purdy was honoured on the second-team

Stepping up cybersecurity at Queen’s

New online Cybersecurity Awareness Course now available for faculty and staff.

Through the ever-expanding internet, people at Queen’s can connect with peers around the world and find information to help with their research and other professional endeavours. But along with all this opportunity, comes exposure to some serious risks.

Universities have become targets for cyberattacks as they own vast amounts of valuable research and financial information. Universities are also often vulnerable as they are designed for collaboration and have a high volume of employees who bring their own devices to work.

Most of these attacks are launched by organized crime, state or nations, hacktivists, or insiders. Over the last few years, Queen’s along with several large Canadian universities have fallen victim to damaging cyberattacks, including the University of Alberta, Carleton University, and the University of Calgary, which paid $20,000 in ransomware after some of its computers were hijacked.

It’s why stepping up cybersecurity is an important priority at Queen’s. The university’s information technology system underpins all of our academic and research activities, and is crucial to our financial sustainability. To safeguard it, Queen’s has been implementing a number of new cybersecurity measures behind the scenes recently, and next up is the launch of a new online course.

The Cybersecurity Awareness Course is now available for all full-time or term employees who have a continuing relationship with the university. The course takes about 45 minutes to complete and features modules on phishing, ransomware, and mobile security.

“Everyone at the university has a role to play in preventing cyberattacks and this course will give faculty and staff the latest information to help them protect their devices and all of their professional, research, and personal data from being hijacked, stolen, or even destroyed,” says Jennifer Doyle, Chief Information Officer. “As we’ve seen in other cyberattacks in Canada and the U.S., a cyberattack can cause significant financial and operational damage.”

To promote the course, members of the cybersecurity awareness project are now beginning to meet with faculties and departments across campus to talk about who should take the course in their area. Everyone identified will then receive an email invitation with a link to the course webpage.

“Everyone at the university has a role to play in preventing cyberattacks and this course will give faculty and staff the latest information to help them protect their devices and all of their professional, research, and personal data...”
                                                                             – Jennifer Doyle, Chief Information Officer

“Each area of Queen’s is unique, and this customized approach will allow us work closely with large and small teams across campus to answer people’s questions and encourage them to participate,” says Denise Ernst, Information Security Officer. “Our goal is to reach an 80 per cent participation rate by the end of 2018.”

A few weeks after completing the course, users can expect to be part of an interesting follow up exercise. They will be sent spoofed emails to see if they can avoid being “phished.” If all goes well, they will identify the email as phony and report it to abuse@queensu.ca.

“The phishing exercise is a safe and timely way for us to measure the effectiveness of the awareness course and to reinforce the course material by reminding people of what they learned,” says Ms. Ernst.

Meetings with different areas are now being scheduled but the course is already available online for anyone who would like to log in and take it now. It can be accessed at the following ITS security webpage.

For the Record: Feb. 15

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

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, March 1. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Feb. 27. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

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Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations for consideration for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students.  Two awards will be made: one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Please see the attached guidelines, nomination form, and tips for preparing nomination packages. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Gordon Hall 425, by 4 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships — applications invited

The Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) provides an opportunity for any continuing undergraduate students at Queen’s to develop their research skills under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Over the course of the summer, students will develop a research project in social sciences, humanities, or creative arts. Students may consider projects in disciplines outside of their own field of study or outside of their focus study areas, as well as those directly connected to their prime area of study. 

Up to 19 fellowships are available on campus and up to two of the 2018 fellowships will be offered to students whose projects take place at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England.

The application deadline for the 2018 summer program is March 9, 2018.


Job Title: Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Department: Office of Planning and Budgeting
Competition: J0817-0304
Successful Candidate: Jodi Magee

Job Title: Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Department: Division of Student Affairs
Competition: J0917-1017
Successful Candidate: Kandice Baptiste

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Development
Department: Office of Advancement
Competition: J1217-0682
Successful Candidate: Kairee Kirkwood

Job Title: Investment Administrator
Department: Investment Services
Competition: J1117-0759
Successful Candidate: Anna Koroleva

Job Title: Human Resources Advisor
Department: Office of Advancement
Competition: J1017-0616
Successful Candidate: Kacey McCuen (Human Resources)

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J1117-0104
Successful Candidate: Nicholina Gorganzadeh

Job Title: Program Coordinator
Department: Enrichment Studies
Competition: J1017-1090
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Instructional Designer (Online Learning) (USW Local 2010)
Department: Continuing Distance Studies
Competition: J0717-0087
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Simulation Laboratory Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Nursing
Competition: J1017-0695
Successful Candidate: Laura Stephens

Job Title: Program and Event Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship
Competition: J0917-0648
Successful Candidate: Bryn Fraser (Applied Science Programs)

Job Title: Administrative Secretary (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science - Faculty Office
Competition: J1117-0732
Successful Candidate: Jill Phillips (Undergraduate Admission)

Job Title: Small Works Project Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0917-0377
Successful Candidate: Raj Shekhar

Job Title: Digital Marketing Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J1217-0482
Successful Candidate: Sara Perosa

Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Wellness Services
Competition: J0717-0670
Successful Candidate: Mary-Lynn Sarris


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