Queen's University

For the Record: Oct. 24, 2013

Thu, 10/24/2013


Invitation to faculty to join in fall convocation

Queen's faculty members are invited to join in the celebration of their students' achievements at the upcoming fall convocation ceremonies, to be held Nov. 19 and 20.

Faculty members who are Queen's graduates can RSVP their participation in one or more of the academic processions and reserve regalia by filling out an online form. Members of the academic procession who are not Queen’s graduates must make their own arrangements for hoods; however, they may reserve a black gown and confirm their participation using the online form.

The deadline for reserving regalia is Monday, Nov. 4.

Those not requiring regalia can still confirm their attendance in the period leading up to the ceremonies after the Nov. 4 deadline for booking regalia.

The full convocation schedule including the department and faculty breakdown is posted on the University Registrar website.

Faculty members can pick up their regalia 30 minutes before each ceremony in Room 209, Kingston Hall.

If there is difficulty submitting the form, please contact Brent Cameron by email or call ext. 74050.

Annual pension plan voluntary contributions

Members of the Queen’s Pension Plan (QPP) with pensionable earnings under $160,000 can make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to their pension accounts in one of two ways, either by monthly payroll deduction or by a single lump sum payment at the end of the year.

Under the monthly contribution program, which is open for enrolment each February, QPP members make contributions by payroll deduction subject to a monthly limit based on annual pensionable salary. Contributions are deducted every month of the year and continue indefinitely, so there is no need to renew. The next opportunity to enrol will occur in February 2014, at which time existing AVC contributors will also be able to either increase their deductions (subject to the monthly limit) or decrease the deduction by writing to the Pensions unit of Human Resources. Participants may also stop the deduction at any time during the year (subject only to re-enrolment restrictions).

Alternatively, members can make a single lump sum payment (or a top-up payment if enrolled in the payroll deduction program) in November to maximize their contributions for 2013:

  • members who are currently making monthly Additional Voluntary Contributions will receive a customized quotation indicating the maximum lump sum payment that they are entitled to make (which is in addition to their current monthly contributions) in order to avoid over contribution problems, only members whose estimate is in excess of $200 will be notified;
  • members who do not make monthly Additional Voluntary Contributions can obtain an individualized calculation of the lump sum amount that may be deposited as an AVC by contacting the Department of Human Resources (533-2070).

In considering whether to make a voluntary contribution, remember that AVCs made in the current calendar year will be taken into account in the determination of your RRSP contribution limit for the following year. The deadline for returning completed forms and a cheque to the Pensions unit of Human Resources is Nov. 8, 2013 (cheques must be dated no later than Nov. 8, 2013 and cannot be postdated). Contributions received after Nov. 8 will not be accepted. For more information, please contact the Pensions unit of Human Resources.

Annual General Meeting to be held in December

The annual meeting of the Queen’s Pension Plan will be held at 1 pm on
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Dunning Hall Auditorium. All plan members are invited to attend.

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