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Aug. 29 edition of the Gazette published

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Read the Aug. 29 edition of the Gazette online.

The Aug. 29 edition of the Gazette, the first 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:

  • An easy guide on things to see and do at Queen’s throughout the year.
  • An article on the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition, won by the team Fitra, a venture that aims to retrofit health clubs with sensor technology that can track and provide feedback metrics.
  • A Q&A with chair of the 175th anniversary committee David Walker and a wrap-up column on the celebrations by Principal Daniel Woolf.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Sept. 12. 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.

New publishing schedule for Queen's Gazette Today

For three years now, university faculty and staff have received the Queen’s Gazette Today (QGT), an email highlighting the latest news, events and information from around the Queen’s community.

Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, the QGT will be delivered on a daily basis from Monday to Friday, an increase from its current publishing schedule of three times a week.

The QGT provides not only quick links to articles published by the Gazette but also offers valuable information about the people who make Queen’s a special place, including staff, faculty, students and alumni.

Visit the Gazette online or pick up a copy of the Gazette newspaper, published biweekly starting Tuesday, Aug. 29. 

Pulling the plug on technology

Six youth learn more about themselves as they disconnect from social media in research project.

"Students take part in technology project"
The students who took part in the project were, clockwise from bottom left: Anna Little, Lucas Farquharson, Catriona Farquharson, Lily Rich, and Isobel Moore. Not pictured Adam Tibi.

Queen’s University researcher Valerie Michaelson and University of Ottawa researcher Valerie Steeves worked with six youth, who challenged themselves to put down their phones and disconnect from social media for seven days. The results of the #Disconnection project were quite different than many people expected.

The six young people (ages 13-16) who set their own rules for the research project, found they didn’t miss social media all that much - they had time to catch up on homework, hang out with their friends and reconnect with their families.

“I thought it would be hard to do but I was also interested to see how attached I was to my phone,” says Anna Little. “I actually didn’t realize how important my phone was to me. I didn’t think I used it that much so that was surprising.”

Ms. Little says the first day wasn’t that bad but the middle of the week was a challenge.

“I was stressed if I missed an episode (of a show) as we weren’t allowed to watch Netflix unless it was part of a family movie night. But, as the week went on, I started to realize I wasn’t missing as much as I thought I would. I realized how much time I was wasting.”

“The virtual world really has become an extension of our physical space and we’ve got to pay attention to it. The kids are navigating things that we never had to figure out,” says Dr. Michaelson (Public Health Sciences, School of Religion) who also took part in the challenge, as did her research assistant Sophie Moore.

“Adults are endlessly cautioning teens about the dangers of social media but black and white blanket statements aren’t really helpful to kids,” Dr. Michaelson adds. “(The students) were curious about what’s actually going on with their social media use . . . Things are rarely just good or bad.”

With the project finished, the majority of the participants say they have recognized the amount of time they are spending on social media and are trying to cut down. “I really don’t check my phone as often,” says Ms. Little. “Most of it really isn’t that important.”

Dr. Michaelson adds, the adults did the disconnection challenge too. “I think we all realized that sometimes, social media is really helpful to our lives. But when we actually paid closer attention to how much we were using and what we were doing, sometimes it became a short cut that replaces real life connections and relationships. So the disconnection challenge actually helped us get off social media for a bit, and connect to ourselves, to people we care about, and even to nature.

Our message is not that people should stop using their smart phones and social media. But we do think we should be more intentional about how we are using them, because if we aren’t, then rather than being tools to help us live well, they can end up controlling us.”

To learn more about the project, see the video here. Funding for the project was provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Queen's veterinarian earns Canadian honour

Andrew Winterborn named veterinarian of the year by Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science.

Queen’s University veterinarian Andrew Winterborn was recently named Veterinarian of the Year by the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science (CALAS/ACSAL).

This award recognizes the dedication of Dr. Winterborn within the CALAS/ACSAL organization who supports and encourages excellence in laboratory animal science both locally and nationally. Candidates are judged according to their dedicated support of CALAS/ACSAL through volunteer efforts, as well as mentorship of other veterinarians, managers and technical staff within the laboratory animal science field.

“I am passionate and dedicated about being a veterinarian and, in particular, about being a laboratory animal veterinarian,” says Dr. Winterborn. “Animal welfare is extremely important to me and is a major component of my position as the university veterinarian. To be recognized by my colleagues for this work is extremely validating and motivating. I am also very fortunate to work with very dedicated staff, students and colleagues here at Queen’s that are also dedicated to animal welfare.”

This latest honour comes one year after Dr. Winterborn earned the Charles River Prize for his contributions to the field of laboratory animal medicine from the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Medicine (CALAM).

The Charles River award is based on a consideration of innovations or refinements that improve the care and welfare of laboratory animals, advancement of public knowledge or veterinary education with respect to care and use of animals in research, or advances or innovations in facility management or regulatory oversight processes.

“As the University Veterinarian and Director of the Office of Research Ethics at Queen’s, Dr. Winterborn has made outstanding contributions to the care of animals within the Queen’s Animal Care Facility,” says Dr. John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “Beyond his role at Queen’s, his work has impact nationally and internationally: Dr. Winterborn has played an important role in developing novel treatments, enhancing housing, and in advancing academic veterinary medicine. These accolades are well deserved.” 

A graduate of the University of Montreal in 2005 with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Dr. Winterborn was hired as the University Veterinarian/Director of Animal Care in 2009 after completing his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Centre.

As the director of the University Animal Care Committee, Dr. Winterborn is responsible for the direction of the care and use of animals at Queen’s. This includes monitoring animals and animal care facilities and providing veterinary services when necessary. During his time at Queen’s, Dr. Winterborn, an acknowledged expert in the handling and care of nopre-clinical models, has led a program of enhancements that have resulted in significant renovations including enlarged rooms and housing units. He is also engaged with the animal care staff to discuss their thoughts and ideas.

Internationally, Dr. Winterborn participated in Goats for Widows and Health in Harmony, two programs running in Borneo that focus on providing education on the health management of goats and work with locals to preserve habitat for the continued existence of the orangutan species.

Input sought on future of School of Graduate Studies, search for next dean

"Brenda Brouwer"
Brenda Brouwer’s term as vice-provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies ends on June 30, 2018.

Queen’s Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon announced today that Brenda Brouwer’s term as vice-provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies ends on June 30, 2018, and that she does not wish to be considered for another term. 

Provost Bacon will chair a committee to advise Principal Daniel Woolf on the present state and future prospects of the School of Graduate Studies, and on the selection of the next vice-provost and dean. 

“I encourage all members of the Queen’s community to provide input regarding the School of Graduate Studies, and to suggest individuals to serve on the advisory committee,” Provost Bacon says.

The provost’s office invites letters and commentary via email to provost@queensu.ca, by Sept. 15. Respondents are asked to indicate whether they wish to have their letters shown, in confidence, to the members of the advisory committee.  

SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gaels fall to Ravens in football opener

Gaels Football vs. Carleton Ravens
Queen's Gaels receiver Matteo Del Brocco hauls in a pass as he is tackled by a Carleton Ravens player during Saturday's season opener at Richardson Stadium. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Gazette provides a quick roundup of Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:

FOOTBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (0-1) lost Saturday’s season opener 22-17 against the Carleton Ravens (1-0) at Richardson Stadium.

The crowd of 2,698 was treated to a wild finish as the visitors came from behind to grab the victory.

The Ravens opened the scoring in the first quarter with a field goal on their second possession. Once quarterback Nate Hobbs was able to find receiver Matteo Del Brocco with a series of passes the Gaels were able to tie it up with a field goal from Nick Liberatore.

The Gaels had a rough start to the second quarter losing a pair of fumbles, the second of which was returned for a touchdown. The Ravens defence kept up the pressure and added a safety a few minute later for a 12-3 lead at halftime.

The Gaels offence started to roll after the restart with Hobbs finding Del Brocco for an 18-year TD catch.

Trailing 12-10 the Gaels came out flying in the last quarter. Hobbs and Del Brocco combined for another 50 yards through the air including another Gaels touchdown, putting Queen’s ahead 17-12.

The celebrations were shortlived, however. Carleton came around to get a field goal and forced the Gaels offence deep in their end. In the last minute of play, Carleton was able to push forward for a touchdown to overcome the Gaels 22-17 and steal a victory.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels (0-1-0) men’s soccer team opened their OUA season with a 1-0 loss to the UOIT Ridgebacks (1-0-0) in Oshawa on Sunday.

The lone goal of the match came off the foot of UOIT striker Fabio Campoli in the 58th minute as he beat Gaels starting keeper Alex Jones. Jones finished with four saves.

The Gaels had their chances throughout the game with seven corners.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels women’s soccer team played under the lights Friday night at Richardson Stadium as they welcomed the visiting UQTR Patriotes. The exhibition game ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Gaels were quick out of the gate in the opening half and opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Katie Sandria struck for the Gaels to put them in front. However, the Patriotes were able to find an equalizer through Maude Poulin in the 76th minute.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

The Queen's Gaels women’s rugby team played its first exhibition hosting the Ottawa Gee-Gees in a squad game on Nixon Field with the first teams taking to the field for the first half.

Queen’s was able to put down one try as rookie two-sport athlete Sophie De-Goede (Victoria) found the scoresheet in her first game with the Tricolour. De Goede, who also will suit up for the Gaels basketball team, burst through for a try from five-yards to tie the score at 5-5.

However, Ottawa added another try to secure a 10-5 victory.

Original files from gogaelsgo.com.

New offerings for employee discount program

One of the perks of being a Queen’s employee is access to a number of discounts with local and national vendors.

While the program has been around for a few years, Strategic Procurement Services recently reviewed and renewed the list of participating vendors. Currently, there are more than 25 vendors participating in the program and that number is expected to grow.

VENDOR LIST

There are several new additions, including Revell Ford Lincoln and Kingston Toyota, where Queen’s employees pay a small percentage over the dealer cost on vehicle purchases. 

Also new to the program is furniture retailer, The Brick, Kingston location only.  Discounts are available on furniture, appliances, electronics and mattresses.

The updated vendor list also includes a range of services as well for everyday expenditures like food, fitness, and esthetics.

Each discount offers savings but also strengthens the connections between the Queen’s and Kingston communities, explains Andy Green, Director, Strategic Procurement Services.

“The greater the use of these discounts will contribute to the success and longevity of this program for our employees,” he says.

To receive the discounts a Queen’s Employee Photo ID Card is required at the time of purchase.

For more information, visit the Strategic Procurement Services website.

Vendors interested in participating in the Queen's employee discount program can contact Strategic Procurement Services via email.

Residence dons prepare for the coming year

For the Queen's University's 139 student dons, their school year starts more than a week before students move into residence.

"Residence dons receive training"
Residence dons participate in a community development theory workshop. (University Communications)

Dons at Queen’s arrived on Monday, Aug. 21 to spend almost two weeks together, getting to know one another and receiving comprehensive training on a range of topics to ensure they are well prepared to guide and support the first-year students on their floor.

“It’s an intense but exciting time for both new and returning dons,” says Molly Raffan, Residence Life Manager (Education). “We work with partners across the division of student affairs and the university to provide them with expertise, direction and education, so that our dons have knowledge and skills to lead, and respond to our students, whatever they may need.”

The dons are divided into groups and go through several sessions that orient them to residence operations, community standards, and campus resources, and they are provided with in-depth training on their role as student leaders, advisors, and mentors. They attend workshops on leadership, community development theory, human rights, diversity and inclusion, and participate in the KAIROS blanket exercise. They are trained in suicide prevention, the student conduct process, alcohol harm reduction, safety, and wellness.

They also spend time in “Behind Closed Doors” scenario-based role playing. These scenarios allow them to practice the skills they have learned including peer helping, assertiveness, role modelling, conflict mediation, interviewing, cross-cultural competency, and sexual violence bystander intervention.

"Don training is the most critical part to becoming a don,” says Senior Don Trent Holmes. “The relationships and skills that are formed in those two jam-packed weeks set you up for success during the school year. The sessions cover a broad variety of relevant topics, and there's lots of practice role-play. This is my fifth don training and I still get excited about it."

The dons also participate in daily team debriefs, and community-building activities, like attending the Gaels football game on Aug. 26 at Richardson Stadium, BBQs, playing in a don dodgeball tournament, and heading to the outdoor Movie in the Square at Springer Market Square.

Residence move-in day is Sunday, Sept. 3. Visit the Residence department website for information on move-in day logistics and schedule, or to learn more about dons and what they do.

Football Gaels looking for bounce back season

"Queen's Gaels football"
After missing the postseason last year, the Queen's Gaels are aiming for a return to the OUA playoffs. Their season starts Saturday, Aug. 26 at Richardson Stadium against the Carleton Ravens. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine) 

With a year under their belts in the revitalized Richardson Stadium, 2017 may be all about redemption for the Queen’s Gaels football team.

Last season, the Gaels had a shot at the playoffs, but the spot was taken from them on the final play when Ottawa completed a fluky two-point conversion for a one-point win.

Fast forward to 2017 and the group that sees the majority of their starters returning will use the finale of 2016 as motivation heading into this season.

The main strength of the team is once again expected to be the defensive unit. Defensive coordinator Greg Marshall has developed this group into a methodical machine. Having been together in Marshall’s system since their first-year, where many players received significant playing time, their familiarity with each other will mean big trouble for opposing offences in the league. Queen’s will look to improve on last season where they ranked third in the OUA in sacks, yards allowed per game, defensive touchdowns and were fourth in interceptions.

Offensively, the tricolour has to deal with minimal losses as well, as their core offensive pieces are back for another campaign. Quarterback Nate Hobbs will be under centre for his fourth season as a Gael along with veteran Jonah Pataki in the backfield once again. The Gaels offensive line sees the return of Daniel Hayes who had a brief stint with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks before rejoining the Gaels. Keep an eye on third-year receiver Chris Osei-Kusi as he looks to build on a strong 2016.

“We definitely want to be in the playoffs and we want to be in the hunt,” says head coach Pat Sheahan. “We’re in a tough conference and have a tough season ahead of us but we think with a little bit of growth and commitment, we should be there. If we can stay away from injuries it should be a pretty good defensive unit. We’ve played some great games and are showing signs of maturation. After a bad play if we can gather ourselves and get back to stopping the opponent then this should be a good year for the defence.

The Gaels open their season on Saturday, Aug. 26 at Richardson Stadium against the Carleton Ravens. Visit gogaelsgo.com for schedule and ticketing  information.

Building on the legacy of 175

Daniel Woolf, Queen's University Principal

The banners are down, the festivities are concluded, and it is now time to take stock of the celebration that was our 175th anniversary.

From its inception, we planned the anniversary to reflect on our many past accomplishments, while celebrating our present and building towards the future. The anniversary commemorated the high heights, forced us to reflect on the more difficult moments, and ultimately led to some meaningful change in our university community.

Whether you consider the revitalization of cherished campus spaces like Richardson Stadium, the celebration of many accomplished alumni (from business leaders, to leading academics, to rock stars), the Guinness World Record winning giant Q, or the history that was revisited through our 175th moments – as just a few examples – it is clear to even the casual observer that our anniversary achieved these goals, and beyond.

These events certainly encapsulated the spirit of the 175th – and the spirit truly shone through in the way all members of our community embraced the anniversary. David Walker, Director and Chair of the 175 Committee, commented that all of the 140 groups his team met with across campus wanted to take part. Our pride, our energy, and our community spirit was on full display throughout the anniversary. Thank you all for your enthusiastic response to this important milestone in our history.

Like any good celebration, this, too, must at some point come to an end. And so, as we mark the start of another academic year, we bid farewell to Queen’s 175th anniversary and turn our attention to the future – bringing with us our memories, pride, and renewed optimism about the future of Queen’s.

There are many great things about our university, including our fantastic students, remarkable faculty, and dedicated staff. What continues to make Queen’s unique is our focus on both an extraordinary experience for undergraduate and graduate students – inside and outside the classroom – coupled with our identity as a research intensive institution – as a national and international leader.

I have always thought our best days lie ahead of us. If we look 25 years ahead to our 200th anniversary, I believe the Queen’s of 2041 will be an institution that still takes its traditions seriously and values them, but recognizes that traditions change and evolve. As I said in my 2012 essay The Third Juncture, we are an institution in a period of change – technological change, demographic change, and changes in the needs and expectations of our student body. All that has been achieved in the past 175 years has equipped us for today, and yet we cannot necessarily carry on as we always have and expect the same level of success in the future.

Our challenge, then, is to strengthen those aspects essential to the Queen’s of the past and present – our reputation for quality, our history of producing outstanding graduates at all levels, our enduring student and alumni spirit of initiative – while seizing the opportunity to reinvent ourselves yet again.

In the years ahead, I would like to see Queen’s advance its reputation for being on the cutting edge, for risk taking, for innovation in pedagogy, and for internationally renowned research. We have already started to embrace a leadership position in these areas, and it is distinctive factors such as these which will allow us to continue attracting the best and brightest students in the country – and, increasingly, from around the world.

With the 175th behind us, we have a clear picture of where we have come from and what we must do. It’s time to look to the future, and the future of Queen’s is bright.  

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