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Fall Convocation: Day 1

  • John Rae, former chair of the Queen's Board of Trustees and former executive assistant and national campaign chair for the Right Hon. Jean Chrétien, delivers his speech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's.
    John Rae, former chair of the Queen's Board of Trustees and former executive assistant and national campaign chair for the Right Hon. Jean Chrétien, delivers his speech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's.
  • Oliver Jones performs Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom after he received an honorary degree from Queen's University at Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony in Grant Hall.
    Oliver Jones performs Oscar Peterson's Hymn to Freedom after he received an honorary degree from Queen's University at Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony in Grant Hall.
  • Oliver Jones stands with, from right, Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech, after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's at Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony.
    Oliver Jones stands with, from right, Rector Cam Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech, after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's at Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony.
  • Tara McDonald takes a closer look at the blanket she received as she graduated from Queen's on Tuesday. Ms. McDonald also received the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award for creating the Queen’s Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign for mental health as well as speaking out for Aboriginal students.
    Tara McDonald takes a closer look at the blanket she received as she graduated from Queen's on Tuesday. Ms. McDonald also received the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award for creating the Queen’s Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign for mental health as well as speaking out for Aboriginal students.

Fall Convocation got underway at Queen’s University with the first two of six ceremonies that will take place at Grant Hall.

Honorary degrees, one in each ceremony, were bestowed upon John Rae, a former chair of the Queen’s Board of Trustees, and Oliver Jones, an internationally-renowned pianist who also offered a performance on the Grant Hall stage.

For a full schedule of the ceremonies, visit the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

Queen’s engineer returns to graduate after 70 years

  • Bruce Jameson is hooded by Lynann Clapham, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science during Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation Ceremony.
    Bruce Jameson is hooded by Lynann Clapham, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science during Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation Ceremony.
  • Bruce Jameson is handed his diploma before going on stage during Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Bruce Jameson is handed his diploma before going on stage during Tuesday afternoon's Fall Convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Bruce Jameson is congratulated by Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving his degree in engineering chemistry more than 70 years after he first arrived at Queen's.
    Bruce Jameson is congratulated by Chancellor Jim Leech after receiving his degree in engineering chemistry more than 70 years after he first arrived at Queen's.

Bruce Jameson earned a summer internship in the research department at Imperial Oil in Sarnia, Ontario in 1946. He was 22 years old then, with a sharp mind, a strong work ethic, and a fresh, state-of-the-art education in engineering chemistry from Queen’s.

All this was buoyed by the post-war optimism of the time. Anything seemed possible.

The job was an excellent opportunity for a young man to gain some on-the-job research experience at one of Canada’s largest petroleum companies. It worked out well. Jameson’s managers were pleased enough to offer him full-time work starting the following autumn, after he completed his final year at Queen’s. But more than that, it was that first summer in Sarnia when, at a regular bible study group, he met Annabelle. 

Life happened: marriage to his sweetheart, six children, 39 industrious and successful years at Imperial Oil, grandchildren, retirement, and great-grandchildren. It’s the kind of story anyone would be lucky to live but there was at least one loose end.

One of the course requirements for graduation with the class of Sc’47 was German II. No German II; no degree. Jameson doesn’t have German II.

“It was a different time and there was no pressure by my company to get the formal degree,” he says. “We were married immediately after I left school. We had a child the next year. We were busy with a family and building a house.”

Decades later, and long into retirement, Jameson’s story was relayed to his grandson David Currie.

“I work in the petrochemical industry and, though he didn’t seem to talk much about himself, he always seemed knowledgeable about the technical work I was doing,” Currie says. “It turned out that he held some Canadian patents and did some really important development work, so I started prying a little more.”

It just didn’t seem right to Currie that his grandfather, now 93, hadn’t earned his degree after such a long and accomplished career as an engineer. So, he decided to ask administrators at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s if the university could grant Jameson his degree now, even without German II.

Currie reached out to his industry contacts to find records of his grandfather’s career. It was a tall order considering Jameson retired in 1986. The trail led eventually to Doug MacLaren, Applied Process Research Section Head at Imperial Oil. Though Jameson’s personnel records have long since been destroyed, MacLaren was able to piece together much of Jameson’s work history by sifting through department publications and technical reports.

“Mr. Jameson had a long, productive career as a chemist at Imperial Oil Research,” writes MacLaren after a long list of citations in a support letter to Queen’s. “As a chemist, he was able to participate in the development and implementation of several pivotal processes and techniques that transformed the petrochemical industry in the mid-20th century. Some of this work remains referenced today in the petroleum industry.”

It was enough to convince Dean Kevin Deluzio and Associate Dean (Academic) Lynann Clapham to waive the extra credit and grant Jameson his degree in engineering chemistry. On Tuesday, Nov. 14 Jameson, Currie and some of their extended family attended Fall Convocation at Queen’s so Jameson could receive his degree in person.

“It would never have come about if I had to do it,” says Jameson. “David did it all. I enjoyed my time at Queen’s immensely. Even though I didn’t get the degree, my time at Queen’s prepared me for my working life. I had 39 years in industry and 31 years of retirement, so I’m doing all right.”

New lecture series to celebrate John Meisel

The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies to hold its inaugural event on Thursday, Nov. 23.

  • The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies was announced during his 94th birthday party at the University Club. Helping unveil the poster were, from left: Keith Banting (Political Studies, Smith School of Business); Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science; Zsuzsa Csergő, Head, Department of Political Studies; and Tom Hewitt Chief Development Officer, Advancement.
    The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies was announced during his 94th birthday party at the University Club. Helping unveil the poster were, from left: Keith Banting (Political Studies, Smith School of Business); Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science; Zsuzsa Csergő, Head, Department of Political Studies; and Tom Hewitt Chief Development Officer, Advancement.
  • Professor Emeritus John Meisel reacts to the announcement of The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies. The inaugural visiting scholar, Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon, will host a lecture Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
    Professor Emeritus John Meisel reacts to the announcement of The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies. The inaugural visiting scholar, Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon, will host a lecture Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • The Queen's community celebrated the 94th birthday of Professor Emeritus John Meisel with a special event Oct. 20 at the University Club.
    The Queen's community celebrated the 94th birthday of Professor Emeritus John Meisel with a special event Oct. 20 at the University Club.

A lot has changed across this country since John Meisel first took up residence here at Queen’s in 1949 as a lecturer in Political Studies. But one thing that remains a constant is the existence of political controversy and the need for scholars, policy makers, and the public to explore and address it.

This is where a new annual lecture series at Queen’s will come in. The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies is set for Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The inaugural visiting scholar will be Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon and the title of her lecture is “Trump, Race, and Time”.

“This scholar series is an ideal way for the university to celebrate John’s incredible career and the contributions he has made to Queen’s and Canada in his roles as a professor, public servant, and public intellectual,” says Zsuzsa Csergő, Political Studies Department Head. “He was an important voice in many of this country’s most important debates over many decades, including discussions over the future of Canadian culture and arts, and battles over the constitution, to name a few.”

Professor Meisel was also a pioneer in research into political behavior and he wrote widely on Canadian elections, political parties, Quebec politics, science policy, and cultural policy. He was the founding editor of two prestigious academic journals, the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the International Political Science Review. From 1980 to 1983 he was Chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and later served as president of the Royal Society of Canada.

Recently he celebrated his 94th birthday at the Queen’s University Club where members of the Political Studies department unveiled the scholar series founded in his honour. The event will also highlight the important contributions of Queen’s Political Studies to scholarship and public engagement both nationally and internationally.

The lecture is open to the public and is being sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science with support from alumni.

For more information visit the Queen’s Political Studies website

A week of international festivities

Want to get involved in something international this week? You don’t have to leave campus to enjoy multicultural activities, offered by the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU) and the International Programs Office (IPO). From Monday, Nov. 13 to Friday, Nov. 17, the spotlight at Queen’s is on International Education Week.

The week is organized nationally by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, in partnership with over 100 countries. The week highlights the impact of international education on students around the world, and supports efforts of educational organizations that work internationally.

This year, International Education Week reflects on the role of international education in the noble cause of creating a more peaceful, understanding, and cooperative world through education.

Students check out international programs at the International Exchange Fair.
Students check out international programs at the International Exchange Fair. 

The week at Queen's kicked off with the annual International Exchange Fair at Wallace Hall on Monday evening, hosted by the Faculty of Arts & Science and Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science. Students had the opportunity to talk to representatives from partner universities, speak with staff about application and program requirements, and meet students who have either studied on exchange at partner universities or are currently on exchange at Queen's from a partner university.

After the fair, students watched the first of three LLCU International Film Nights, with a viewing of When the Moors Ruled in Europe.

Tuesday

Take in La Grande Bellezza by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino during the second LLCU International Film Night at 5 p.m. in Watson Hall, room 217.

Wednesday

Bring a dish from your country and share with international friends at the International Potluck, starting at 6 pm at the QUIC.

Thursday

The final film night of the week starts at 7 pm in Dunning Hall, room 27, featuring the Egyptian film Mother of the Bride.

Friday

Cap the week’s activities off with the International Photo Contest Launch at 1 pm at the QUIC.

Check out our recent story on international experiential education with a community focus, and keep an eye on the Gazette later this week for stories on how Queen’s is improving international and domestic student experiences, both on campus and abroad.

Join the conversation on international education with the hashtag #IEW2017, and follow @queensuipo for the latest news from the International Programs Office.

Sumner, MacDougall lift women's cross country team to U SPORTS silver medal

"USPORTS Women's Cross Country race 2017"
Queen's Gaels runners Claire Sumner, centre, and Branna MacDougall, right, start off the U SPORTS women's cross country race Sunday in Victoria, B.C. Sumner finished second and MacDougall was third as they led the Gaels team to a silver medal. (Photo courtesy APShutter.com)

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

CROSS COUNTRY

The Queen’s Gaels women's cross country team finished with a team U SPORTS silver medal thanks to the second and third overall performances from Claire Sumner and Branna MacDougall on a wet Sunday in Victoria, B.C. Eric Wynands led the men’s team placing seventh and helping the team finish in fifth place.

The women’s cross country team finished with two of the top three podium positions as Sumner took the silver medal in a time of 27:45.95 and MacDougall finished with bronze in a time of 27:50.56. Toronto Varsity Blues runner Sasha Gollish won in a time of 27:36.27.

As a team, the Gaels took the national silver meda. Along with the impressive results from Sumner and MacDougall, the Gaels saw Molly Steer place 25th in 30:06.03, Taylor Sills finish 30th in 30:19.16 and Amy Stephenson placing 32nd in 30:19.35. 

The team finished with a total of 92 points while first-place Toronto had 73. Both Sumner and MacDougall were recognized as first-team All-Canadians with their placings.

On the men’s side, Wynands also earned first-team All-Canadian honours with a time of 31:42.25. Mark Schmidt was 32nd at 32:14.60, Rob Kanko 33rd at 32:15.61, Alex Wilkie was close behind in 35th at 32:16.76, and Brett Crowley was 38th in a time of 32:21.39.

The individual champion was Yves Sikubwabo from Laval and the Guelph Gryphons were the team champions.

MEN’S RUGBY

The Queen's Gaels men’s rugby team capped off an undefeated season with a convincing 62-17 win over the Guelph Gryphons to claim the OUA banner and Turner Trophy.

The Gaels scored early and often in the opening half, as Alex Colborne kicked a penalty goal two minutes in and Kainoa Lloyd added a try for a 10-0 lead.

After a penalty goal by the Gryphons, Dyaln Young, Mhai Rusu and Lloyd added tries to put the Gaels up 29-3 after 40 minutes.

The Gaels kept up the scoring pace in the second half and were up 43-3 before the Gryphons scored a try 60 minutes in. Lloyd later capped off the afternoon for Queen’s with his third try.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (6-2-0-1) defeated the Western Mustangs (4-1-2-1) 4-0 on Sunday as goalie Stephanie Pascal picked up her second shutout of the season with 29 saves.

Hailey Wilson, Katrina Manoukarakis, Addi Halladay and Emily Gervais scored for the Gaels.

On Saturday the Gaels scored a 3-2 shootout victory at Windsor (0-1-6-1) on a clinching goal from Manoukarakis.

The Gaels got goals from Taylor Hicks and Wilson in regulations as Makenzy Arsenault got the win in net.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen’s Gaels (4-3-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 10 Carleton Ravens (8-1-1) on Saturday night.

After falling behind 2-0 Graem Bron put the Gaels on the board with a powerplay marker but the Ravens replied and added an empty-netter.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 4-2 to the UOIT Ridgebacks (3-5-1). The Gales fell behind early and made it close with goals from Ryan Bloom and Slater Doggett in the third period.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (4-0) took down the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-5) 72-59 to stay undefeated on the season.

Abby Dixon led the way with 15 points and Andrea Primo added nine more. Two-sport athlete Sophie de Goede had eight points in her first game since finishing the rugby season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (3-1) picked up a road victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-5) 97-89 on Friday.

Jaz Bains once again led all scorers with 33 points. Tanner Graham, Mike Shoveller, and Quinton Gray added 19, 16 and 11 points respectively.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (3-1) came back from a 2-1 deficit to take down the Waterloo Warriors (3-3) in five sets on Saturday, 19-25, 25-17, 32-34, 25-23 and 15-11.

The Gaels fell behind after a marathon third set that featured a combined 66 points but were able to rally to claim the final two sets. Setter Zane Grossinger recorded an incredible 56 assists in the match and Markus Trence had 27 kills.

On Friday, the Gaels swept the Guelph Gryphons (2-3) in straight sets 25-23, 25-15, 25-16. Trence led the way with 15 kills, two aces and four blocks.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (4-1) picked up an impressive victory on Saturday over the Waterloo Warriors (3-3), winning in four sets, 29-27, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-11.

Olivia Van Baaren had a big night with 20 kills, three aces and three blocks while teammate Shannon Neville added 17 kills.

On Friday the Gaels needed five sets to get past the GuelphGryphons, 25-11, 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, and 15-7.

After falling behind two sets to one, the Gaels rallied to claims the final two sets and the win.

Shannon Neville finished with 14 kills and four aces while Sierra Hardy had 39 assists.

Remembering the 5th Field Company

  • Royal Military College Officer Cadets Malcolm Madower and Andrew Haves, future combat engineers, were among the current military representatives at the Remembrance Day unveiling. (University Communications)
    Royal Military College Officer Cadets Madower and Haves, future combat engineers, were among the current military representatives at the Remembrance Day unveiling. (University Communications)
  • Brigadier-General Steve Irwin (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers, delivers remarks on behalf of the military. The support of the military was key to the construction of this plinth. (University Communications)
    Brigadier-General Steve Irwin (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers, delivers remarks on behalf of the military. The support of the military was key to the construction of this plinth. (University Communications)
  • Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Brigadier-General Steve Irwin (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers, unveil the monument, which includes a six-page booklet about the 5th Field Company. (University Communications)
    Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Brigadier-General Steve Irwin (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers, unveil the monument, which includes a six-page booklet about the 5th Field Company. (University Communications)
  • Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, lays a wreath at the unveiling of the 5th Field Company plinth. (University Communications)
    Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, lays a wreath at the unveiling of the 5th Field Company plinth. (University Communications)
  • Corporal Stanley Clark Fields, a veteran of the Second World War and member of the 5th Field Company, was present for the unveiling, along with three generations of his family. (University Communications)
    Corporal Stanley Clark Fields, a veteran of the Second World War and member of the 5th Field Company, was present for the unveiling, along with three generations of his family. (University Communications)
  • An officer cadet lays a wreath at the First World War Roll of Honour in the Memorial Room, located in the John Deutsch University Centre. (University Communications)
    An officer cadet lays a wreath at the First World War Roll of Honour in the Memorial Room, located in the John Deutsch University Centre. (University Communications)

On Remembrance Day, veterans, serving military personnel, and members of the Queen's community led by Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Kevin Deluzio gathered to honour the victims of conflicts, past and present, and to pay special tribute to a group of Queen's students and faculty who answered the call during both World Wars.

A new monument unveiled on campus on Saturday was dedicated to the men of the 5th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers. The group, which comprised Queen’s students and faculty from the school of Mining Engineering, was formed just prior to the First World War, making them the first 'purely university company in Canada'. This unit of engineers was granted official recognition in early 1910. They contributed greatly to Canada’s preparations for the Great War, and men of the company served bravely in both World Wars. Many made the ultimate sacrifice.

Among those joining Queen's for the unveiling of the plinth was Brigadier-General Steve Irwin (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers; Major-General Sylvain Sirois, the Chief Military Engineer; Colonel Andrew Bassinger, Director of the Royal Canadian Engineers; Principal Kowal of the Royal Military College of Canada; and a number of representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Military College. In addition, the university paid tribute to Corporal Stanley Clark Fields, a member of the 5th Field Company during the Second World War. Corporal Fields and his family were in attendance at the unveiling, and Corporal Fields was awarded a Canadian Military Engineer Branch Commendation for his tireless work capturing the history of the 5th Field Company.

"It is my hope that this plinth will remind, inform, and spark interest to learn more," says Dean Deluzio. "Standing as it is, in a central location on campus, this plinth will be passed daily by many hundreds of individuals; students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In future, we will incorporate the 5th Field Company into our annual University Remembrance and, as they do today, the flags will be flown at half-mast for the 5th and other members of Queen’s who gave so much in the service of their country, and in the name of freedom."

The monument is located at the intersection of Union Street and Fifth Field Company Lane. This is the second plinth to be unveiled as part of the Queen’s Remembers initiative. Through this initiative, Queen’s is reflecting upon its history in a project to commemorate those who have made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the university. The planning for the Queen’s Remembers initiative was led by Principal Woolf in collaboration with the facilities and university planning teams, University Relations, and those with specific ties to the topics being commemorated. 

The intent of this particular plinth is to remember the sacrifices of the men of the 5th Field Company, many of whom were the same ages as our students, and who unequivocally put others before themselves. Many people contributed to the realization of this memorial, and Dean Deluzio thanked the many supporters including 1 Engineer Support Unit and the Government of Canada.

To learn more about the 5th Field Company, and others from Queen’s who gave their lives in the two World Wars, please visit the Queen's Archives website.

A new street sign was also unveiled on Fifth Field Company Lane. (University Communications)

 

Queen's community remembers

  • Darrell Bryan (Music) leads the Queen's Choral Ensemble as they perform at the Remembrance Day service on Friday at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
    Darrell Bryan (Music) leads the Queen's Choral Ensemble as they perform at the Remembrance Day service on Friday at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
  • Nathan Thanyehténhas Brinklow of the Chaplain's Office, offers a reflection during Friday morning Remembrance Day service at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
    Nathan Thanyehténhas Brinklow of the Chaplain's Office, offers a reflection during Friday morning Remembrance Day service at Grant Hall. (University Communications)
  • Chaplain Kate Johnson welcomes members of the Queen's community to Grant Hall during Friday morning's Remembrance Day service. (University Communications)
    Chaplain Kate Johnson welcomes members of the Queen's community to Grant Hall during Friday morning's Remembrance Day service. (University Communications)
  • Chaplain Kate Johnson speaks to members of the Queen's community who gathered for Remembrance Day, while the Queen's Choral Ensemble looks on. (University Communications)
    Chaplain Kate Johnson speaks to members of the Queen's community who gathered for Remembrance Day, while the Queen's Choral Ensemble looks on. (University Communications)

The Queen’s community marked Remembrance Day on Friday morning with a special service at Grant Hall.

Led by Chaplain Kate Johnson, staff, faculty, students, and community members filled the hall to listen to a reflection by guest speaker Nathan Thanyehténhas Brinklow, a member of the chaplain’s office and a lecturer in Mohawk language and culture at Queen’s as well as a performance by the Queen’s Choral Ensemble.

At 2 pm on Remembrance Day, Queen's will unveil a commemorative plinth in recognition of the contributions of the 5th Field Company, the first Canadian university military unit, formed in 1909, that served throughout the First World War. Joining the ceremony will be local veterans and military members, including representatives from the Royal Military College of Canada.

A true legal trailblazer

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, the first female and longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will speak about her career and legacy at Principal's Forum public lecture.

Beverley McLachlin Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will speak at the Principal's Forum on Monday, Nov. 20, 1-2 pm, in Wallace Hall.

Throughout her 27 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, including 17 as the first female chief justice, Beverley McLachlin has weighed in on the most controversial and influential issues of our time, from hate speech to medical assistance in dying to senate reform.

As she nears the conclusion of her career – she will be stepping down from the bench on Dec. 15 – Chief Justice McLachlin will visit Queen’s University for a Principal’s Forum public lecture.

During her 38 years on the bench, Chief Justice McLachlin has acted as an agent of change and, through her talk, will provide a first-hand look at her path to becoming the first female and longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history.

“Over the course of Chief Justice McLachlin’s illustrious career, the Supreme Court of Canada has weighed in on many of the most pressing and often contentious issues of our time,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “It is, no doubt, a testament to the impact of her time on the court that the announcement of her pending retirement was met from all corners with praise for her leadership and judicial accomplishments.”

The Principal’s Forum is a public lecture series that enables the principal to invite distinguished visitors to campus to speak on issues of interest to the Queen’s community

Chief Justice McLachlin’s judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. Six months later she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and then elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December 1985. She would then become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988.

In April 1989 she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and on Jan. 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada.

Chief Justice McLachlin’s public talk will take place in Wallace Hall, John Deutsch University Centre, 1 to 2 pm on Monday, Nov. 20. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Nov. 7 edition of the Gazette now available

Nov. 7 Gazette
Read the Nov. 7 edition of the Gazette online.

The Nov. 7 edition of the Gazette 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:

  • Garrett Elliott’s beautiful photos of the fall colours around campus.
  • An article updating the success of energy conservation programs implemented by Queen’s and recognition from Utilities Kingston.
  • An article on the expansion of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre to include the neighbouring building to its current site.
  • A feature on the co-chairs of this year’s Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Nov. 21. 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.

Queen’s kids discover university careers

  • Ninth grade students of Queen’s staff play a game to stack pyramids of cups using only string. (Photo by Carla Ferreira Rodrigues)
    Ninth grade students of Queen’s staff play a game to stack pyramids of cups using only string. (Photo by Carla Ferreira Rodrigues)
  • Ian Garner, Academic Skills Outreach Coordinator with Student Academic Success Services, teaches students with a language activity. (University Communications)
    Ian Garner, Academic Skills Outreach Coordinator with Student Academic Success Services, teaches students with a language activity. (University Communications)
  • Students fill out answers to the campus tour scavenger hunt in Chernoff Hall. (University Communications)
    Students fill out answers to the campus tour scavenger hunt in Chernoff Hall. (University Communications)
  • Clear the field! Students play a quick reaction game with their tour guide. (University Communications)
    Clear the field! Students play a quick reaction game with their tour guide. (University Communications)
  • Students play a game of volleyball in the racquetball court. (University Communications)
    Students play a game of volleyball in the racquetball court. (University Communications)

The Ontario Take Our Kids to Work Day brought 45 ninth grade students to Queen’s on Wednesday, Nov. 1, for an opportunity to explore career options and learn more about their parents’ jobs.

In addition to shadowing a parent or guardian, students listened to a variety of staff members talk about their jobs, got advice on their future careers and how to leverage their volunteer experience, learned some valuable study tips, took a tour around campus with a scavenger hunt, had pizza in the Alumni Lounge, and played sports and games at the Athletics and Recreation Centre.

“We facilitate the program to help foster an interest in post-secondary education in the students,” says Marie Doherty, Director, Client Services and Organizational Development and Learning. “In planning for this event, our goal is to ensure students walk away from the day with something broader than only the job shadowing experience. We offer a mixture of activities throughout the day, including hands-on activities, physical exercise, and information to get them excited about post-secondary studies. It is also a great opportunity for employees to showcase what they do on a daily basis.”

Many departments collaborated to make the day a success, including Environmental Health and Safety, Athletics and Recreation, the Office of Advancement, Career Services and Human Resources.

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