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A seasonal celebration

The contributions of staff members throughout Queen’s University will be celebrated during Staff Appreciation Day on Thursday Dec. 7.

A highlight of Staff Appreciation Day, the Principal's Holiday Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 7. (University Communications)

The day is highlighted by the Principal’s Holiday Reception with delectable food and drinks on offer from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the main gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre.

Also at the event, the Staff Recognition Awards will be handed out to staff members who were nominated by colleagues for “consistently providing outstanding contributions to the learning and working environment at Queen’s at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected.”

 This year’s recipients are: Barbra Lalonde Brousseau, Global Development Studies; Wendy Cumpson, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences; Fiona Froats, School of Policy Studies; Selina Idlas, Centre for Teaching and Learning; Pamela Livingston, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences; Joan Sharpe and Emily Smith, Surveillance Studies Centre (Team), Sociology; Colette Steer, School of Graduate Studies;  Sandra Turcotte, School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

Donations of non-perishable food items are being accepted in support of the AMS Food Bank. Donors will be entered into a draw to win a handcrafted gingerbread house courtesy of Queen’s Hospitality Services Sodexo.

And there’s more.

Getting the day off to a good start, Queen’s employees can pick up a free medium hot beverage at all Sodexo outlets until 11:30.

Also, special tours, workshops and wellness activities are being held throughout the day, giving staff members an opportunity to look after themselves and to see some of the extraordinary work being done by members of the Queen’s community.

Event

Time

Location

Clinical Simulation Centre Tour

10 am

School of Medicine (15 Arch Street)

Yoga for Managing Stress

10 am

ARC - Studio 4

Mindful Meditation Workshop

11 am

ARC - Studio 4

Phytotron Tour

11 am

Biosciences, 5th Floor

Indoor Cycle

2 pm

ARC Studio 2

Thinking about Diversity: Identifying the Ally Within

2 pm

FSLF Seminar Room, B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Miller Museum of Geology Tour

3 pm

Miller Hall; meet near the front entrance

Queen's Observatory Tour

3 pm

Ellis Hall, Room 432

Visit the Human Resources Learning Catalogue to sign up for one or more of these events (pre-registration is required). 

Executive Compensation Program available for comment

The draft of the program will be open for feedback for 30 days.

After an eight year pay freeze, the Ontario government has recently put in place a new framework for executive compensation that applies to a range of public sector organizations, including universities, colleges, hospitals, school boards, and several other public bodies. It also has in place new requirements for how salary increases are reviewed, approved, and communicated with the public.

At Queen’s University, the new executive compensation framework applies to the Principal, Provost, and four Vice-Principals. Over the past year, the Board of Trustees has been carefully considering the new requirements of the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act (2014) and the subsequent Regulation 400/1 that came into effect in November. The Queen’s draft Executive Compensation Program ensures that the university is compliant with these requirements. As part of the consultation phase, members of the Queen’s community are now being invited to comment on the program.

As an institution, Queen’s mission is to advance research excellence, leadership and innovation, as well as enhance Queen’s impact at a national and international level. Both Queen’s and its Board of Trustees are committed to maintaining a competitive, effective and responsible approach to managing executive compensation, with the following core principles in mind – competitive with the talent market, support the university vision and Strategic Framework, accountability and be reflective of the academic compensation model.

To help create a responsible and effective executive compensation program, the province requires universities to compare their top executive compensation packages to those in place at comparable organizations. Queen’s used salary data collected by the Council of Ontario Universities and selected peer universities with medicals schools and high rankings for research that are also members of the U15.  These universities also reflect a cross-section of the Canadian talent market in which Queen’s competes for executive talent:

University of Alberta                           University of British Columbia

University of Calgary                          Dalhousie University

University of Manitoba                        McGill University       

McMaster University                           University of Ottawa

University of Saskatchewan               University of Toronto

University of Waterloo                        University of Western Ontario

These comparative figures were used to establish a salary cap at the 50th percentile for each comparable role. Queen’s executives all have salaries well below these caps, and as indicated in the program, increases are limited to 5% of the pay envelope of the Principal and Vice-Principals, and may be distributed differentially.  

“Queen’s is committed to ensuring that there is a balance between managing compensation costs while allowing the university to attract and retain the talent needed to support the academic mission of the university. The university’s success requires well-rounded and expert leadership. Thoughtful consideration in support of our academic mission has been given to build the most appropriate Executive Compensation Program for Queen’s in order to preserve that success,” said Donald Raymond, Chair of the Board of Trustees, in his letter to the Queen’s community.

This balanced approach will contribute to the financial sustainability of Queen’s and help ensure the university can continue to invest in top strategic priorities such as the faculty renewal initiative, the creation of new buildings and academic spaces on campus, along with expanding research opportunities and internationalization.

Members of the Queen’s community can comment on the Executive Compensation Program document up until Jan. 4, 2018 by emailing exec.comp@queensu.ca. For further information on the Queen’s Program, please visit the Office of the University Secretariat website.

Gaels battle back for OT win in men's hockey

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

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (9-4-3) earned a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday night over the Ottawa Gee-Gees (8-4-3) at the Memorial Centre.

After Slater Doggett tied the game for Queen's in the third period, Darcy Greenaway ended the game with a beautiful individual effort with less than two minutes remaining in the extra frame.
 
Kevin Bailie had a solid game in net with 30 saves. Alex Row also scored for the Gaels in the second period, the first goals of his U Sports career.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (7-3) travelled to Guelph to take on the Gryphons (2-8) on Friday night coming away with an 88-86 victory at the Gryphons Athletics Centre on a buzzer-beating shot from Jaz Bains.

The Gaels had big outings from Tanner Graham, who had a double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds while picking up three blocks, while Mike Shoveller added 23 points of his own while hauling in 12 rebounds. Bains finished with 12 points.

Guelph held the lead for most of the game but the Gaels kept hanging around, and Bains scored the final two baskets in the closing seconds to give Queen’s the win.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (9-1) topped the host the Guelph Gryphons (5-5) on Friday night coming away with a 74-56 victory.

Abby Dixon led the way for the Tricolour posting 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Andrea Priamo had five points, 10 rebounds a steal and a block in her hometown.

After an even start the Gaels shooters came alive in the second frame going on a 14-3 run to take control. The Gaels closed out the quarter with a 60-36 lead.

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes December edition of ‘Lifelines’

LifeLines
Read the December edition of LifeLines.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The December edition, entitled 10 Steps to Work-Life Balance, provides information on the benefits of having balance in your life, and the methods that can support your work-life balance efforts.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French). 

Making employment equity inroads

Every year the Equity and Human Rights Offices recognize individuals and groups that are working toward making Queen’s University a more inclusive and welcoming place.

Wendy Powley
Wendy Powley, a continuing adjunct in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, was the inaugural winner of the Employment Equity Award. (University Communications) 

The annual Tri-Awards not only celebrate the achievements of Queen’s community members in the areas of employment equity, human rights, and accessibility, but also reinforce the importance of the work being done.

In 2011, Wendy Powley, a continuing adjunct in the School of Computing and the Faculty of Education, received the inaugural Employment Equity Award, which recognizes the achievements of individuals, groups or organizations that go above and beyond legislated requirements or their institutional mandate to help Queen’s become a truly representative and inclusive workplace.

The recognition, she says, didn’t just validate the work she is doing in introducing young women to the male-dominated field of computing on a personal level, it also opened the eyes of colleagues and administrators in her department and across the university to the importance of such efforts.

“I thought that receiving the Employment Equity Award was great because it recognized the things that I was doing in my spare time, to have it validated and also to raise awareness,” she says. “It was validating that people cared about what we are doing in the School of Computing. I view it as a departmental award, it wasn’t just for me. The School of Computing has done a lot to increase the number of women in our department, so being recognized for that was great for our School.”

The award also recognized Ms. Powley’s work organizing and promoting conferences such as the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWIC) and playing key roles in groups such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). As a result of her efforts, thousands of young women across the world have been introduced to the field of computing and learned that there is most definitely a place for them.

“It was great to know that the university actually values equity efforts.  I think many people don’t understand the reasons behind these efforts.   In our field, young women are missing out only because of lack of information, not lack of interest or ability.  They have often not been exposed to the field of Computer Science” she says. “So, for people it’s an opportunity to stop and think for a while about why we have a women's group or why we do outreach.  I think the award really made that happen in our department.  Everyone celebrated the award and in doing so, they recognized what we are doing is important.   I definitely have the support of my department and my colleagues and the equity award certainly contributed to that.”

Nominations for the Tri-Awards are currently being accepted. The deadline is Jan. 12, 2018.

The awards will be presented on March 20, 2018 at the Diversity and Inclusion Round-Table Discussion and 2017 Tri-Awards Celebration. Register online early as spaces are limited for this event.

Nomination forms and further information on the Employment Equity Award, Steve Cutway Accessibility Award, and Human Rights Initiative Award are available on the Equity Office website. Questions can be directed to the Equity Office at 533-2563 or equity@queensu.ca.

FINAL Division Street sewer/water update

Happy Holidays – Division Street closures end!

All related road closures for Division Street will end by Friday Dec. 1, 2017. All sewer and water work is completed; the entirety of Division Street has been paved to a minimum of base asphalt. Crews will return in the spring to put a top coat of asphalt down between Earl Street and Brock Street.

Checking in with the chancellor

Jim Leech speaks to the Gazette about his memorable moments this year and his thoughts on the future. 

"Chancellor Jim Leech"
Jim Leech (MBA'73) is the 14th chancellor of Queen's University. (University Communications)

We are now getting to the end of another calendar year here at Queen’s and it’s always a time to pause and reflect. In your role as chancellor, what are some of your favourite memories from the past year?

Well for starters let me say I always enjoy talking to students and hearing about their experiences at Queen’s and their many hopes for their futures.

But when it comes to specific memories, I think of our convocation ceremonies. I’ve now had the privilege of taking part in 87 different ceremonies as chancellor, yet each one is unique. They are always so uplifting and it’s a real pleasure to see the pride and joy on the faces of the students and their families when they cross the stage to officially receive their degrees.

"Chancellor Leech and Bruce Jameson"
Chancellor Jim Leech, right, congratulates Bruce Jameson upon receiving his degree more than 70 years after first beginning his studies at Queen's. (University Communications)

I also always look forward to helping hand out the annual Ballie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. These awards go to high school teachers who have made a lasting impact on a current Queen’s graduating student’s life, and the teachers are almost always surprised when they get the call to invite them to our university to be honoured. There is never a dry eye in the house during these ceremonies.

And speaking of meaningful moments, this fall I was thrilled to take part in a convocation ceremony where we conferred a degree in engineering chemistry to Bruce Jameson, some 70 years after he left Queen’s. It turns out he had just one course left to complete back in 1946, but he landed a job with a large petroleum company in Sarnia, got married, and never made it back to Kingston to finish his degree. After hearing this story, his grandson looked into his successful career and then got in touch with our engineering faculty to see what could be done. Soon after he was on his way to Queen’s. He’s now 93 years old and it was a special honour for me to hand him his official Queen’s degree in front of his proud family and a full house.

You recently led the Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship. As part of this committee’s work, you helped reach out to people in the Queen’s community and beyond to talk about our university both present and future. What did you learn during this process?

We know that people who have close connections to Queen’s feel passionately about the university and in my role as chancellor they do not hesitate to express their candid opinions. Without exception, the people who talk to me agree that Queen’s is now in a position of relative strength and that the Principal has done well against the objectives set by the Board over the past eight years. If we look at our strategic framework, we are a leader in student experience and we are strong financially, having met many of our goals around financial sustainability.

We are also improving when it comes to internationalization and we have plans in place to take it to the next level. But as Principal Daniel Woolf noted in his recent letter to Queen’s community, we have much more work to do on the research pillar to live up to our potential, and that has to be an important focus in the future.

Overall there is a sense of optimism and self-confidence on campus that was not there eight years ago – people are looking to improve on what is already an improved state and are up to the challenge of making the university even better.

Recently Principal Woolf announced he will no longer be seeking a third term after his current term is finished in June 2019. Thinking about some of your own experiences, what advice would you have for Principal Woolf during his final 19 months?

I know that Principal Woolf took time this fall to think about his future and ultimately decided to withdraw  from consideration for a third term. I can imagine it was a difficult decision for him to make given the dedication and drive he brings to the job and his desire to help Queen’s achieve excellence on a variety of important fronts.

On the train back to Toronto after the principal’s announcement, I was reflecting on my own experience when I retired as CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. I had given 18 months’ notice and I found that in a way it was quite liberating. It allowed me to sit down and make a list of the five most important files I wanted to be absolutely dedicated to finishing before my term was up. I could really concentrate on those things that I believed were most important for the organization.

I think it is just human nature. Everyone I have talked to who has retired and had the luxury of time after giving notice seemed to say to themselves, ‘I can finish some of these files and make sure the organization I leave will be even better and more sustainable.’ So I wouldn’t be surprised to see the principal do just that: make a list of things he has started that he wants to get to the finish line at Queen’s and be really dedicated in his efforts towards achieving them. If you look at the letter he shared a month or so ago with everyone, you will see what the thinks is most important; I would expect that is where he will concentrate his efforts. Examples that come to mind are initiatives around truth and reconciliation, diversity and equity, faculty renewal and the research file. 

But I also believe he has much to be proud of already. There are so many significant initiatives he has helped champion: mental health; financial stability; good student, faculty and staff relations; major fundraising; and new residence buildings and academic spaces. I believe his legacy is clear.

For our students, do you have any advice for them as they get ready to write their exams and then prepare for next term?

For many they are going to be pleased with the progress they made in the first term. For those, my advice would be: if it worked in the first term, keep doing it in the second term. But for first-year students in particular, I know university can be a bit of a rude awakening. They may be used to being at the top of their class but then all of the sudden they are not and that can be very stressful. This is the time I would advise them to pause and assess what worked and what needs some attention. And if a course correction is needed, I’d encourage them to remember it may not necessarily be a large change and that there is a lot of assistance on campus to reach out to, including mental and physical health supports.

For some other students, the winter term may bring a new focus on graduating and starting their careers. I would encourage them to take advantage of the resources on campus as well. There are people dedicated to supporting students as they make their way through Queen’s and as they begin to build their bright futures. And, I look forward to seeing them at convocation!

For The Record: Nov. 30

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, Dec. 14. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Dec. 12. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.

COMMITTEES

Headship Review Committee appointed for the Department of Medicine

Dr. Stephen Archer’s first term as head of the Department of Medicine will end on June 30, 2018 and Dr. Archer has indicated that he is willing to be considered for reappointment. The procedure to be followed in reviewing the headship is the Modified Reappointment Process for Heads of Clinical Departments. In accordance with this document, a Joint Committee has been established to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of Queen’s University and the Chief Executive Officers of Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care Centre on the reappointment of Dr. Archer and the present state and future prospects of the Department.

The membership of the committee includes:

  • Dr. Dr. Anne Ellis, Professor, Department of Medicine - Allergy and Immunology
  • Dr. John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Dr. John Leverette, Vice-President, Medical and Academic Programs, Providence Care
  • Dr. Diane Lougheed, Professor, Department of Medicine - Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Michael McDonald, Executive Vive-President, Patient Care and Community Partnerships, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. David Pichora, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (co-Chair)
  • Dr. Mandip Rai, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, PGY-3
  • Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. John Rudan, Head, Department of Surgery
  • Dr. Christopher Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine - General Internal Medicine
  • Mr. Joel Gillis, Human Resources/Staffing Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences (Secretary)

Faculty, staff, students, residents, members of the teaching hospitals and other members of the university and health sciences communities are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Medicine and the degree of support for the reappointment of Dr. Archer as head. Submissions are to be sent by December 8, 2017 to us as co-chairs either in writing c/o Katie Roberts, Senior Staffing Officer or electronically to katie.roberts@queensu.ca. Responses will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the Review Committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Headship Review Committee appointed for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr. Graeme Smith’s first term as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology will conclude on June 30, 2018 and Dr. Smith has indicated that he is willing to be considered for reappointment for a second term. The role of the committee is to provide advice to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of Queen’s University and the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Health Sciences Centre on Dr. Smith’s reappointment as well as on the present state and future prospects of the department.

The members of the committee are:

  • Dr. Robert Connelly (Hospital Representative, KHSC), Head, Department of Paediatrics
  • Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick (Co-Chair), Chief of Staff and Vice-President Medical Affairs, KHSC
  • Dr. Michael Green (Department Head Representative), Head, Department of Family Medicine
  • Dr. Shawna Johnston (Faculty Representative), Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Dr. Brianne Lewis (Resident Representative), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, PGY4
  • Dr. Richard Reznick (Co-Chair), Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Ms. Katie Roberts (Secretary), Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Julie Tessier (Faculty Representative), Postgraduate Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Faculty, staff, students, residents, members of the teaching hospitals and other members of the university and health sciences communities are invited to submit comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the degree of support for the reappointment of Dr. Smith as head. Submissions are to be sent by Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 to the co-chairs either in writing c/o Tammy Wintle, Staffing Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences, at 18 Barrie St., Macklem House, or electronically to wintlet@queensu.ca. Responses will remain confidential and will be shared only with the members of the Review Committee; anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Headship Selection Committee, Department of Public Health Sciences

Dr. William Pickett’s term as head of the Department of Public Health Sciences will end on June 30, 2018. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist the provost and vice-principal (academic) in the selection of a department head.

Elected bargaining unit members from the department will form a majority of the full voting members of the selection committee. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Public Health Sciences and faculty from cognate units, for membership on the selection committee.

Nominations are to be directed to the Associate Dean (Academic) School of Medicine (Chair), c/o Katie Roberts, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, by Dec. 18, 2017.

Nominations may be submitted either in writing or electronically to katie.roberts@queensu.ca.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Job Title: Manager, Financial Services
Department: SEAMO Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0717-0819
Successful Candidate: Erin Braidford (Medicine)

Job Title: Graduate Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Nursing
Competition: J0917-0772
Successful Candidate: Michelle Trotter

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Student Life and Learning (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
Competition: J0917-1019
Successful Candidate: Laura Morgenstern (Smith School of Business)

Job Title: Building Superintendent (USW Local 2010)
Department: Community Housing (Housing & Ancillary Services)
Competition: J0917-0814
Successful Candidate: Eliza Earle

Job Title: Buyer and Procurement Systems Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Strategic Procurement Services
Competition: J0817-0053
Successful Candidate: Shamael Malko-Moore (Strategic Procurement Services)

Job Title: Area Manager
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0817-0187
Successful Candidate: Gord Meacher (A&R Facilities)

Job Title: Procurement Specialist
Department: Strategic Procurment Services
Competition: J0917-0881
Successful Candidate: Fabio Ribeiro

Job Title: Government Relations Coordinator
Department: Government Relations
Competition: J0817-0247
Successful Candidate: Gillian Shields (Human Resources)

Job Title: Development Officer, Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Department of Development, Office of Advancement
Competition: J1017-1096
Successful Candidate: John Kraemer

Job Title: Support Analyst L2 (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: J0917-1555
Successful Candidate: Jonathan Facun (A&R Business Development)

Job Title: Data Entry Clerk
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0917-1144
Successful Candidate: Caitlin MacDonald

Job Title: Graduate Assistant
Department: Global Development Studies
Competition: J0917-0564
Successful Candidate: Yolanda Thompson

Job Title: Junior Machinist (CUPE Local 254)
Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Competition: J0717-0445
Successful Candidate: David Walsh

Job Title: Assistant to the Managing Director
Department: Department of Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre
Competition: J0617-0537
Successful Candidate: Jodie Lees

Job Title: Program Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of VP Academic, Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Competition: J0917-1162
Successful Candidate: Chloe Beisheim

Job Title: Departmental and Financial Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Mathematics and Statistics
Competition: J1017-0264
Successful Candidate: Rianna Lewis

Job Title: Program Coordinator, JD Studies
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: J1017-1053
Successful Candidate: Margaret Gordon

Job Title: Research Projects Advisor
Department: Arts and Science
Competition: J1017-0603
Successful Candidate: Hakan Karatas

Queen's United Way campaign reaches 92 per cent of goal

Queen's United Way CampaignThe 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 $ 295,143 or 92.2 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.

 

An easy way to stay active during study time

Queen’s University Library and Athletics and Recreation’s Get Your 150 campaign are partnering to offer students a designated movement space while they study for their upcoming exams.

Stauffer Library
Stauffer Library is a favourite study spot for Queen's students during the exam period. A partnership between Queen's University Library and Athletics and Recreation has created a designated movement space in Stauffer Library. (University Communications)

“As a kinesiology student, I believe in the power of exercise to make your life, or even just your day better, and this is especially important during exams,” says Amy Stephenson (MSc’18 ), a Get your 150 Campus Outreach Ambassador who championed the pilot project. “Having a space in the library makes it that much easier for students to centre themselves and refocus during this stressful time.”  

The designated movement space was created in one of campus’s most beloved study spaces, Stauffer Library, in answer to the inherently stationary nature of study. Students, staff and faculty who are looking for an active study or research break are invited to make use of this space on the southwest corner of the fourth floor, which will feature challenges to get moving through quiet activities such as lunges, squats, planks, and yoga poses. Please see the Get Your 150 Facebook page for ideas and challenges.

“Students love the library, and we often hear them joking that they live here during exams. With Stauffer Library being open 24 hours a day during this time, we can confirm that students are spending many, many hours studying here,” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian. “We hope they will embrace this space to take active study breaks in support of their mental and physical wellbeing as well as their learning.”

Scheduling and taking regular breaks are part of an effective study plan and are important for students’ health and wellbeing.

“Queen’s Athletics and Recreation is pleased to collaborate with Queen’s University Library to offer a location for students to move, reduce stress, and take a break while studying,” says Tiffany Bambrick, Coordinator, Fitness and Wellness Programs, with Athletics and Recreation. “This Get your 150 pilot project strives to help our students find balance between a healthy lifestyle and the pressures of school. Amy Stephenson’s drive and determination are a great example of students helping students to enjoy the benefits of regular activity.”

Students using the designated movement space are reminded that they should bring their personal belongings with them to protect themselves against property loss. The space is available until Thursday, Dec. 21. 

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