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Queen’s contributes $100,000 for community safety and policing

Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf has announced that the school has made a contribution of $100,000 to the City of Kingston to support community safety and policing.

“Queen’s values its relationship with the City of Kingston and all residents and is deeply appreciative of the Kingston Police Force’s efforts to keep our campus and community safe,” says Principal Woolf. “In recognition that additional law enforcement is required at various times during the year, we are pleased to continue our annual commitment to support these efforts financially.”

Queen’s made its first contribution to support community policing in 2013, after consultations with the Kingston Police Force, Police Services Board, city representatives, past and present students, and community members. This donation marks the second year of a three-year commitment.

“I am thankful for all of the support Mayor Paterson, city officials, the Kingston Police Force, and our many other community partners provide to Queen’s each year,” says Principal Woolf. “Together with our students, they help us create and maintain a safe and respectful campus environment for all.”

Queen’s yearly contributions to the City of Kingston bolster police outreach, logistics and engagement, and help offset the cost of increased resources that are sometimes required.

“Queen’s University is an important and vibrant part of our community, and we value the contributions made by students, faculty, and staff each year,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “On behalf of the City of Kingston, I want to thank Principal Woolf for Queen’s continued support of community policing, and look forward to another safe and enriching school year.”

Sept. 12 edition of the Gazette published

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Read the Sept. 12 Gazette online.

The Sept. 12 edition of the Gazette, the second of the 2017-18 academic year, is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

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

  • A colourful look at the events of Orientation Week and the people who make it happen.
  • An article on the announcement of three Queen’s researchers being elected as fellows by the Royal Society of Canada
  • A Q&A with Barbara Crow, the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • A first-person account by astronomer David Hanes of his trip to Nashville to see the total eclipse on Aug. 21.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Sept. 26. 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.

Emergency support services available when abroad

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey in the United States and Caribbean, as well as the earthquake along the Pacific coast of Mexico, Queen’s University would like to remind community members about the emergency support services available when abroad. 

For students on campus

If you or your family and friends have been affected by these events, and you need some support please do not hesitate to contact the Queen’s University International Centre via email at kotechaj@queensu.ca. Support for students is also available through Student Wellness Services. To make an appointment, please call 613-533-2506 or come to the LaSalle building (146 Stuart St.). If you are in a crisis, please let the receptionist know when you call or stop in.

Faculty and Staff

When an emergency event occurs the university asks any faculty or staff in the affected areas to contact their department heads or the Queen’s University International Centre to inform them of their status.

Support for faculty and staff is available through the Employee and Family Assistance Program at 1-800-663-1142 or 1-866-398-9505.

Students Abroad

  • As a student, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Queen’s University International Centre via email at kotechaj@queensu.ca.
    You are also encouraged to contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or email sos@international.gc.ca. Please also contact your family and friends to let them know if you are safe.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings, carry your Queen’s emergency card, and monitor the Travel Advice and Advisories page of the Government of Canada website.
  • Students who are citizens of countries other than Canada should contact their appropriate government representatives.
  • Support for students at Queen’s is available through Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506 or by dropping in at 146 Stuart St.

Parents and family members

  • If you are a parent or family member with a student abroad on a university program please do not hesitate to call the Queen’s University International Centre at 613-539-7220 or email kotechaj@queensu.ca and we will provide you with updated information as it is available and refer you to the appropriate office on campus, as needed.
  • Family members can contact the Global Affairs Canada Emergency Watch Centre in Ottawa for further information or assistance. Emergency Watch and Response Centre (international toll free number) 00-800-2326-6831 or call collect – 001-613-996-8885 or email sos@international.gc.ca.

A bigger and better HR Learning Catalogue

Employees at Queen’s looking to boost their workplace skillset, gain insight into topics such as diversity and internationalization, or improve their well-being, can turn to the Human Resources 2017-18 Learning Catalogue for support and expertise.

The Learning Catalogue offers more than 125 workshops, including certificate and non-certificate sessions relating to the workplace, as well as fitness classes in partnership with Athletics and Recreation and Lunch & Learn sessions on topics such as Indigenous culture, nutrition and health, and more.

"New-look HR Learning Catalogue"
More than 125 certificate and non-certificate sessions are available on the upgraded HR Learning Catalogue webpage, which offers a new and improved interface.

Alison Cummings, Training Coordinator, Organizational Development and Learning, Human Resources, points out that the Certificate in International Perspectives has been revised and expanded. Focusing on campus-wide activities, including a field trip to the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS), it will provide participants with a greater understanding of the university’s internationalization efforts.

“In the Learning Catalogue there are offerings that focus on technical skills, as well as interpersonal skills workshops. The Human Rights and Equity Office offers some very in-depth workshops on issues of gender, equity, and accommodation,” says Ms. Cummings. “There are also wellness offerings available. People might not realize how a mindfulness workshop can help them both personally and professionally. Some workshops – for example ones on positive psychology, resilience, or change-management– can be very effective for staff working on teams or in units in the university that may be facing challenges.”

Staying with wellness, the program has expanded to after work hours for the first time with Pilates on the Ball being held 5-5:50 pm on Mondays.

But that’s not all that is new.

The HR Learning Catalogue interface itself has been upgraded, utilizing ABC Signup software – already being used by IT Services and the Centre for Teaching and Learning – which provides a more user-friendly platform and allows for more information to be provided and navigated more easily.

“This is a more robust software that will allow staff to find the workshops they are looking for more simply and get better information about the workshops,” Ms. Cummings says. “It will also allow staff to track their progress through our certificate programs more easily and it will allow us to manage it a lot more effectively which is a very good thing.”

For more information or to register for workshops, ARC classes, or certificates, visit http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/employee-tools/learning-and-development.

Principal Daniel Woolf to seek reappointment

 

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf’s current term is scheduled to conclude on June 30, 2019. As per the provisions of his appointment, Principal Woolf has now advised the Chair of the Board of Trustees that he wishes to be considered for a third and final term.

'Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf"
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf has advised the Chair of the Board of Trustees that he wishes to be considered for a third and final term. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

A Joint Board/Senate Committee to Review the Principalship will now be established over the coming weeks to advise the Board of Trustees on Principal Woolf’s reappointment to another term. The committee will be composed equally of nine members of the Board of Trustees, along with nine members of the university’s Senate, in addition to Chancellor Jim Leech who will chair the committee as an ex officio member.

Emails will be sent to all Board and Senate members this week requesting expressions of interest to serve on the Joint Committee. These expressions of interest will be due by Sept. 20. The Board and the Senate will each then follow a detailed process to choose their appointees to the Joint Committee.

For the Board of Trustee appointments, the expressions of interest will go to its Governance and Nominating Committee. This slate of appointees will then be placed before the full Board of Trustees for approval in early October. 

By convention, two of the nine members appointed by the Board have been the Chair of the Board and the Rector. Additional considerations to be used to guide the selection are constituency, diversity and gender balance, length of service and availability. 

The Senate will follow a similar process. Its Governance and Nominating Committee will also recommend nine members to sit on the Joint Committee and the Senate will appoint these members at its meeting on Oct. 3. 

By convention, the nine members of the Senate have been selected as follows: 

•  Five faculty Senators, including one Dean
•  Three student senators
•  One staff Senator

Additional considerations used by the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee will be the desire to achieve a balance with respect to gender and diversity, as well as the importance of selecting Senators who would make a positive contribution to the Joint Committee.

The Vice-Principal (University Relations) and the Director of Human Rights and Equity shall serve as non-voting advisors to the Joint Committee. The Secretary of the University will act as Secretary to the Joint Committee.

Once the Joint Committee’s membership is in place, it will begin its work in mid-October. It will establish a consultation process and period during which it will solicit submissions from all interested individuals, in confidence, on the present state and future development of the University and on the principalship.

“The committee will consult widely and thoroughly in order to gather as much input as possible from both the Queen’s and alumni communities,” says Chancellor Leech.

More details about how members of the Queen’s community can submit their input will be shared over the coming weeks. 

Once all of this input has been collected and considered, the Joint Committee will submit a written report to the Board of Trustees with its recommendation on reappointment by early December.

To learn more about the committee and its timelines, visit the Joint Committee’s web page for regular updates on the consultation process and the Terms of Reference.

Eight high potential companies selected for GrindSpaceXL

The 2017 GrindSpaceXL-Kingston cohort, gathered at Innovation Park (Supplied Photo)

A tool for employee productivity and engagement, custom sleep masks for those with sleep apnea, and a mobile marketing platform which showcases local businesses are just some of the ventures which will be participating in the GrindSpaceXL-Kingston program at Queen’s Innovation Park this fall. Eight companies in total were selected following a two-step application process including a competitive pitch to a panel involving industry technical advisors, mentors, and entrepreneurs in August.

Included in this cohort are three businesses which launched out of the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program this year, including DreamAgain, Spectra Plasmonics, and Your Mobility Innovations. Mero Technologies, another participant in GrindSpaceXL, also participated in the acceleration program qYourVenture. 

“Queen’s University is delighted to continue providing leadership of the GrindSpaceXL program in Kingston, which will accelerate the development of innovative startups from campus and across the region,” says Jim Banting, Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation). “Having already graduated approximately 50 companies, the program has earned a strong reputation, and attracts many quality applicants from the region and beyond. The Office of Partnerships and Innovation team looks forward to helping accelerate the growth of this year’s companies and to retaining them in the region.”

The Fall 2017 cohort:
Airbrowz – A mobile marketing platform showcasing local businesses
Appoon Corporation – All in one tool for employee productivity and employee engagement
BidSettle Inc. – Online legal services and automated procedures
CutlerKeys – Expanding musical keyboard possibilities for all performers
DreamAgain – Custom sleep apnea masks for a better sleep
Mero Technologies – Tools giving predictive insights to cleaners and property managers
Spectra Plasmonics – Ultra-sensitive detection of contaminants in liquids
Your Mobility Innovations – Adjustable assistive devices for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

The cohort-based GrindSpaceXL program offers early-stage ventures the opportunity to engage with other motivated entrepreneurs while working on deliverables laid out in a personalized development plan based on a needs assessment. During their time in the program, participants will receive a wide variety of support from the Queen’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation, the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, Launch Lab, and Kingston-based accounting firm Secker Ross and Perry LLP.

Once the bootcamp is complete, participating companies are still able to connect with all of the same services such as Launch Lab, the Office of Partnerships and Innovation, and the Queen’s Business Law Clinic. They can connect virtually or become a client within Innovation Park’s physical incubation space. Additionally, some of the bootcamp graduates will have the opportunity to pitch their business to the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network, while one founder who demonstrates having made significant progress in advancing his or her company’s goals during the 2017 program will have the opportunity to attend a multi-day management program, offered by Queen’s Executive Education at Smith School of Business, in recognition of his or her growth.

GrindSpaceXL is one of the feature programs in the suite of services offered by the Queen’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation, Launch Lab, and the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network under the InnovationXL banner. Supported by the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program, InnovationXL forms part of a broader collaboration with Invest Ottawa and L-SPARK, an incubator and accelerator for businesses creating software-as-a-service products for other businesses. Together, these three groups work to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario.

The GrindSpaceXL program officially begins on September 19 and will run until early December. This is the fifth cohort taking place in Kingston.

For more information about the GrindSpaceXL program, please visit: www.GrindSpaceXL.com.

Putting the Queen's in Queen's Park

  • Premier Kathleen Wynne, front, second from left, and Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala, front right, met with a delegation from Queen's University. Front, from left: AMS President Jennifer Li; Premier Wynne; Principal Daniel Woolf; Ms. Kiwala. Back, from left: AMS Vice-President (Operations) Chelsea Hollidge; AMS Vice-President (University Affairs) Palmer Lockridge; Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon; Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney; and Rector Cam Yung.
    Premier Kathleen Wynne, front, second from left, and Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala, front right, met with a delegation from Queen's University. Front, from left: AMS President Jennifer Li; Premier Wynne; Principal Daniel Woolf; Ms. Kiwala. Back, from left: AMS Vice-President (Operations) Chelsea Hollidge; AMS Vice-President (University Affairs) Palmer Lockridge; Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon; Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney; and Rector Cam Yung.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during a reception hosted by Queen's University at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 11.
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during a reception hosted by Queen's University at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 11.
  • Rector Cam Yung takes a moment with Sarah Letersky, former AMS vice-president (University Affairs), the special assistant to the Leader of the official opposition.
    Rector Cam Yung takes a moment with Sarah Letersky, former AMS vice-president (University Affairs), the special assistant to the Leader of the official opposition.
  • Marta Straznicky, Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, explains the chemical engineering Grad Map to two reception attendees.
    Marta Straznicky, Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, explains the chemical engineering Grad Map to two reception attendees.
  • Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon takes a moment with Paul Newcombe, executive assistant for MPP Lorne Coe, Critic for Advanced Education and Skills Development.
    Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon takes a moment with Paul Newcombe, executive assistant for MPP Lorne Coe, Critic for Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Queen's faculty, staff and students visited Queen's Park on Monday, Sept 11, for a full day of advocacy meetings and a reception with government officials.

The day began with a recognition in the Legislature by Sophie Kiwala, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. From the Members Gallery, the Queen's delegation sat in on the first Question Period of the fall session, before a quick meeting and photograph with Premier Kathleen Wynne (Artsci’77). Throughout the afternoon, the delegation met with various government and public sector officials, for a series of meetings on a range of topics – including access to post-secondary education, research and student experience.

After the Legislature adjourned for the day, MPPs and staff from all parties attended a reception that highlighted areas of excellence at Queen's. Researchers from a wide range of faculties mingled with elected officials, describing their leading-edge work in areas such as chemistry, physics and green energy. The signature Queen's student learning experience was on display as well, with career services highlighting efforts such as Major Maps and Grad Maps, which ensure students enter the workforce with the skills necessary for success. Past and present participants in the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition highlighted both the limitless innovation potential of Queen's students, as well as the supports in place to allow their ideas to become reality.

Gaels stay undefeated in women's soccer

"Queen's Gaels play Ottawa Gee-Gees in women's soccer."
Taylor Green of the Queen's Gaels fights for possession with an Ottawa Gee-Gees player during Sunday's game at Richardson Field. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

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

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels remain undefeated (3-0-1) after posting a win and a draw on the weekend.

On Sunday, the No. 5 Gaels hosted the No. 10 Ottawa Gee-Gees (4-1-1) at Richardson Stadium in a gam that ended 1-1. After a scoreless first half Jenny Wolever buried a cross from Claudia Glasspoole in the 64th minute. However, the Gee-Gees were able net the equalizer three minutes from full time

On Saturday, the Gaels topped the visiting Carleton Ravens (2-3-0) 2-0, with goals from Taylor Green and Laura Callender on either side of the half.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels (2-2-0) saw their two-game win streak snapped after falling 3-0 to the Carleton Ravens (3-0-2) Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

The Gaels played well in the early portion of the opening half but defensively couldn't keep the Ravens attack at bay as the visitors scored once before the half and twice after the break.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

The Queen's Gaels (1-1) hosted the Western Mustangs (0-1) in their home opener on Saturday afternoon at Nixon Field and after being tied early at 12-12, the Gaels exploded offensively taking a 57-12 victory.

The hosts went up early with tries from Sophie de Goede and Nadia Popov but the Mustangs charged back with a pair of tries as well. From there on it was all Gaels. Just three minutes later de Goede picked up her second try of the match as well as the conversion to put Queen’s ahead 19-12. Pippi McKay and Molly Labenski added two more tries before the half to make it 31-12. Labenski picked up her second try in the second half and was joined in the scoring by Erin Geddes, Sadie Stephenson and McKinley Hunt.

MEN’S RUGBY

The Queen’s Gaels (2-0) men’s rugby team played their second straight road game to start the season taking down the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-1) 72-7 in Waterloo.
Evan Underwood put the Gaels up early with a pair of tries that were converted by Alex Colborne. By the half the Gaels were ahead 29-0. Seven different Gaels finished with tries and four of the seven had two or more in the game.

The Gaels are back on the field Saturday at 1 pm as they host the RMC Paladins at Nixon Field.

Fostering a safe and inclusive environment

"Queen’s is committed to fostering a safe learning and living environment." - Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Queen's has welcomed thousands of new and returning students over the past several days. On the whole, the moves and related orientation events have gone smoothly, and I am excited to welcome so many eager students back to Kingston and our campus to learn and conduct exciting research.

Regrettably, much of the hard work by the university, our student leaders and our community partners, – and all the good behaviours of the majority of our students – has been overshadowed in the eyes of many by the actions of a few who have demonstrated an unacceptable and disappointing lack of judgment.

The incidents of concern began on the weekend and included unsanctioned parties that have necessitated the closing of public streets by city police, and inappropriate signs being displayed from near-campus houses. The words on the signs don’t bear repeating – suffice it to say they constituted a form of sexual violence that will not be tolerated at Queen’s.

We often have no harsher judges than ourselves. I have received numerous expressions of concern and embarrassment from current students and alumni who feel that their legacy has been tarnished and betrayed by the actions of these few. It is a reminder to us all that as members of the Queen’s community we are part of something larger than ourselves. We all have a responsibility to our community and peers, as well as to those who came before and those who will follow; our behaviours must reflect and protect all that we are rightly proud of about our Queen’s community.    

All incidents of bad behaviour are concerning, and it is disheartening that we still see them despite our ever-intensifying efforts to encourage positive citizenship, respect and inclusion. Queen’s is committed to fostering a safe learning and living environment. We have introduced bystander training, outreach programs, support services, and new policies – all in an effort to address sexual violence and promote community safety and well-being. Given the speed of today’s communications, those efforts can be severely undermined when individuals, even a few, behave in ways that make others feel vulnerable or excluded.

All incidents of bad behaviour are concerning, and it is disheartening that we still see them despite our ever-intensifying efforts to encourage positive citizenship, respect and inclusion. Queen’s is committed to fostering a safe learning and living environment.
– Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Unacceptable actions such as those witnessed on the weekend do not occur without consequences. Queen’s has a comprehensive student code of conduct that every student acknowledges. I expect all of our students to display safe and respectful behaviour at all times in order that everyone in our community can enjoy a safe and inclusive campus experience.

Due to significant privacy considerations, and in the interests of the safety and well-being of all students, we will not speak publicly about specific students or the individual outcomes of our student conduct and other campus safety processes. While I appreciate that this may be frustrating, I assure everyone that the administration takes the issues of behaviour, respect, and inclusiveness very seriously. I expect all of our students to do the same.

– Daniel Woolf

Bikesharing service moves into high gear

This 'haven', or drop-off location, by Macintosh-Corry has been well stocked with Dropbike's signature orange cycles. (University Communications)

If you’ve returned to campus from summer vacation and spotted a fleet of bright orange bikes around town, you might be wondering where they came from.

In July, Queen’s Physical Plant Services and the City of Kingston announced a deal with Toronto-based Dropbike, bringing 100 rental bikes and installing a number of drop-off points, called ‘havens’, across the city – including six spots on campus. To use the service, simply download the application for your Apple or Android device, register an account with Dropbike and provide a deposit, scan the bike’s QR code, and unlock the bike using a unique code that will be sent to your phone.  The cost to rent a bike is $1 per hour, though your first three rides are free. There is no cost to Queen’s University to host the drop-off points.

“We are pleased to support this new, cost effective, more sustainable way for our community members to get around Kingston,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “We are working to ensure preserve the long-term well-being of our campus community by decreasing the impact of our community on the environment, and working with Dropbike on this pilot project is one way we can make a difference.”

Since July, Kingstonians and tourists have taken 2,400 rides on the bright orange cycles – mainly short trips around the downtown and campus areas. Farnia Fekri, Dropbike’s Head of Communications, said the “amazing reception” was a pleasant surprise for the company, so in recent weeks they have added new havens and dropped off more bicycles.

“We knew a lot of people in Kingston wanted and needed a bikesharing option, but even we are constantly surprised by how successful our expansion to Kingston has been,” says Ms. Fekri. “The engagement with riders has been great, and we have received a number of positive comments. We are looking forward to having students interact with the bikes this fall, and our district manager will be joining the Queen’s community at the annual sidewalk sale to help spread the word.”

Among Dropbike’s team members is Afraj Gill (Comm’15), the company’s Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations who said, of the company’s expansion to Kingston, “A service like Dropbike would have saved me a lot of time and money in the four years that I spent in Kingston as a Queen's University undergrad.”

To learn more about Dropbike and to see the map of havens, visit dropbike.ca

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