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Defying the odds

Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in  in the T44 long jump. She will be a a guest speaker at the Tricolour Reception in London, on Nov. 10, at Canada House. (Photo courtesy stefreid.com)

There is no question that Queen’s tricolour pride extends beyond borders but in the case of Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, Queen’s is where the heart is.

After she lost her foot in 2000 in a boating accident, her dreams of becoming a professional rugby player came to a halt.  

Jump ahead 15 years, and Ms. Reid, a citizen of Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand, has defied the odds and continues to excel as an athlete at an elite level. This past summer at the Rio Paralympic Games, she captured Great Britain’s first medal, winning silver in the T44 long jump. Ms. Reid stayed in Rio after her competition to serve as a commentator for the UK’s Channel 4 TV for the remainder of the games.

Ms. Reid will join Principal Daniel Woolf, Artsci’80, as a guest speaker at the Tricolour Reception in London, UK, taking place Nov. 10, at Canada House.

“I was really touched when London Branch President Naazin Adatia-Hirst reached out to me before Rio 2016 and let me know I would have local support in London,” says the three-time Paralympian and five-time world record holder. “I’m thrilled to be invited to speak at the upcoming Tricolour Reception in London, which will be a great opportunity to reconnect and meet other alumni.”

As an alumnus and champion of Queen’s international reputation, Principal Woolf will travel to London in support of the Queen’s University Comprehensive International Plan (QUICP).

“It will be a great honour to have such an inspirational alumna as Stefanie Reid join other alumni and share her experience as an athlete on the world stage,” says Principal Woolf. “The goal for the London trip is to connect with the many alumni in the region who are enhancing Queen’s reputation and highlighting the value of a Queen’s education to prospective students while building a strong alumni network.”

This won’t be the first time that Principal Woolf and Ms. Reid shared a stage. In 2009, Ms. Reid was recognized by the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) with the One-to-Watch award at a gala dinner hosted by Principal Woolf and the QUAA.

Her long list of accomplishments includes being the first British amputee to model at London Fashion Week when she opened Lenie Boya’s 2015 show wearing a bespoke chandelier blade prosthesis.

Ms. Reid competed in London 2012, capturing silver in the T44 long jump. She also competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games where she won a bronze medal in the 200-metre event and placed fifth in the long jump. In 2007, she was named the Paralympics’ Ontario top female athlete of the year at the Ontario Para Sports Awards. During the 2007 season, she broke the Canadian long jump record in the F44 class (single, below knee amputation), a record which had stood since 1988. She would later better the mark on two occasions and close out the season with a new Canadian record of 4.78 metres.

Fifteen years ago, shortly after her accident in 2001, she was inspired by the Queen’s track and field team, catching glimpses of the practices from her home. With the assistance and encouragement of Queen’s coach Wayne Bulak, she joined the team to see just how fast she could still run. By her fourth year at Queen’s, Ms. Reid was traveling regularly to competitions with the varsity team and was nominated for a major CIS award.  She won the Ontario University Athletics Community Service Award in track and field during the 2006-07 season.

Upon graduation, Ms. Reid put her plans to attend medical school aside and focused on her childhood dream of being a professional athlete.  She is married to Canadian Paralympian Brett Lakatos, a wheelchair racer whose six Paralympic medals join her three at their home in Loughborough, UK.

Join Ms. Reid and Principal Woolf at the Tricolour Reception in London, UK on Nov. 10 and stay tuned for a Q&A session that will be published on the Queen's Alumni website.Visit the Queen's Alumni website to register online.

Visit the Queen’s Alumni Review website to learn more about Ms. Reid’s story.

2+2 agreement signed with UAE university

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Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon and Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Canadian University Dubai, sign an agreement between the two institutions creating a 2+2 pathway Bachelor of Computing (Honours) degree program. (University Communications)
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Officials from the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) recently visited Queen’s to sign an agreement creating a 2+2 pathway program.

The agreement follows a series of meetings between the two institutions. 

The agreement allows for qualified CUD students to transfer into the Bachelor of Computing (Honours) degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science after completing their second year of studies.  

A cohort of five to 20 undergraduate students annually would be eligible to transfer to Queen’s to complete the final two years of their program in the School of Computing. 

Located in the heart of Dubai, CUD offers students the opportunity of a Canadian-based curriculum while experiencing the culture and values of United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Founded in 2006, the Canadian University Dubai currently consists of the School of Architecture and Interior Design, the School of Business, the School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology and the School of Environment and Health. 

All programs at CUD are accredited by the Ministry of Education Higher Education Affairs of the UAE to award degrees/qualifications in higher education.

Cutting-edge music and cross-cultural exchange

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    International and domestic students, as well as staff, faculty, and senior administration gather at the Isabel on Oct. 13 for a performance by Collectif9, the first in the International at Home series. (Garrett Elliott photo)
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    PhD student Hasan Kettaneh mingles during the pre-concert reception at the Isabel. (Garrett Elliott photo)
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    Kathy O'Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International), chats with PhD students Leena Yahia and Hasan Kettaneh. (Garrett Elliott photo)
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    Andrea Stewart, Collectif9 cellist (left), welcomes students, along with Csilla Volford, Coordinator, International Projects and Events, and Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel. Ms. Stewart gave a brief talk to students about the band's formation and philosophy. (Garrett Elliott photo)
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    Domestic and international Queen's students gather during the pre-concert reception. (Garrett Elliott photo)
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    Mofi Badmos, Queen's University International Centre Intern, shares a laugh with Kathy O'Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International). (Garrett Elliott photo)

International and domestic students at Queen's came together recently for an evening of cutting-edge music and cross-cultural exchange at the first perfomance in the International at Home series at the Isabel.

Students, as well as faculty, staff, and senior university administrators, met at a reception before the musical performance – by Montreal's Collectif9 – and had a chance to hear about the string band's philosophy from one of its cellists, Andrea Stewart. 

The series, which will feature Ashley MacIsaac, Measha Brueggergosman, and Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan in future events, is hosted by the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

In order to bring all students out for the upcoming events, organizers are asking faculties and units across campus to sponsor pairs of tickets, which will be distributed equally to international and domestic students to attend a performance together. The Isabel will then match each ticket purchased one-to-one (with the exception of the Ashley MacIsaac concert), with all tickets provided to interested students.

Full details are available on the Queen’s International website. Faculties, departments, and units interested in sponsoring student tickets are asked to contact international@queensu.ca Ticket prices range from $14-$18.


Focus on Africa

An upcoming conference hosted by Queen’s will put the focus on advancing human rights and health for sexual minorities in Africa.

{QAD 2016)“Reimagining Global Solidarities for LGBTQI ‘empowerment’ in Africa,” being held Friday Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 23, will bring together more than 20 African and North American scholars, activists, and government officials to brainstorm new approaches and discuss the attainment of human rights and dignity for sexual minorities in Africa.

The first day of the event is the Queen’s Africa Day Colloquium, which is aimed at fostering dialogue between Queen’s students, faculty, staff, and the wider Queen’s and Kingston communities. Hosted at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre the colloquium will bring together researchers, academic associations and community associations with interests in Africa-related issues for discussions as well as to celebrate African arts and culture through music and art. A number of activities are scheduled throughout the day, including a lunchtime talk by David Kuria Mbote, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.

On Saturday and Sunday a workshop bringing together researchers from Queen’s and Dartmouth, both members of the Matariki Network of Universities, will be held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Theological Hall. Other delegates will be coming to Queen’s from Global Affairs Canada, and universities in Canada, the United States and South Africa.

The workshop is aimed at highlighting the ongoing work by graduate students and faculty at Queen’s, explains organizer Marc Epprecht, head of the Department of Global Development Studies. Dr. Epprecht says that the workshop is also aimed at fostering a “long-term and robust relationship between Queen’s and Dartmouth College focused on the study of Africa.”

“Dartmouth has several notable scholars on faculty, a world-class collection of African art and undergrad exchange programs to Africa,” he adds. “We will reach out from this partnership to connect to our other Matariki partners such as Durham University, which established the first Western-style university college in Africa nearly 200 years ago (Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone). We hope through this network to get delegates to come to Queen’s for the Canadian Association of African Studies conference to be hosted here in May 2018, and to make that conference a truly international event.”

Highlights include a debate entitled “Where do we Go From Here?” featuring Liesl Theron, co-founder and former executive director of Gender Dynamix, John McAllister, a former lecturer with the University of Botswana and S.N. Nyeck, an independent scholar. Other panel discussion will focus on the perspectives of governments and donors as well as for African activists. Ms Theron will also be giving the SNID lecture on Thursday, Oct. 20, entitled “Trans Nation: What has changed for trans people in South Africa”.

More information and schedules can be found at the Queen’s Africa Day page on Facebook.

Exchange of ideas

Queen’s student, professor head to the United States for research opportunities.

A Queen’s law professor and a cultural studies doctoral candidate are heading south of the border to participate in a research exchange. Heading north to Canada from the United States are a political studies PhD candidate and a business professor. The swap is part of the Fulbright Canada Exchange Program.

Queen’s PhD candidate Taylor Currie (Cultural Studies) has been selected to participate in the research exchange of a lifetime as she heads to the University of Maryland as part of the exchange. Ms. Currie is studying the past public relations campaigns of Dupont and how they impacted the American public.

Participating in the Fulbright exchange are, from left: Allan Manson, Taylor Currie, Josh Tupler and Jay Liebowitz.

“I really want to immerse myself in the American academic culture,” says Ms. Currie. “Earning a Fulbright is a dream come true because of how close I will be located to the National Archives of America, which is vital to my research. I’ll also have access to the Hagley Museum and Library, a business archive containing all of Dupont’s files.”

Ms. Currie’s mentor while at the University of Maryland is Professor David Sicilia.

Meanwhile, Dartmouth College’s PhD candidate Josh Tupler is heading to Queen’s to study in the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) and will conduct research with CIDP director Stefanie von Hlatky.

The focus of Mr. Tupler’s work at Queen’s will be Canada’s and NATO’s decision to use military force in the post-Cold War era. He chose the centre because of its focus on military policy. He also has a relationship with former director of the CIDP David Haglund (Political Studies).

“I was drawn to Fulbright because the programs focus on developing cross-cultural connections, and I was drawn to Queen’s and the CIPD in particular because of the centre’s focus on military policy,” says Mr. Tupler. “I am excited to work with the three colonels who are serving as visiting defense fellows, and help develop the relationship between the CIDP and the Royal Military College of Canada.”

Two professors will also be completing an exchange under the Fulbright Canada program. Emeritus Professor Allan Manson (Law) will participate in an exchange to the University of California to research Nunavut’s unique single-level trial court system.

Heading to Canada is Jay Liebowitz (Harrisburg University of Science and Technology). Dr. Liebowitz will collaborate   with Queen’s professors Yolande Chan and Jay Handelman (School of Business) during the summer 2017 as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business.  Their research will focus on the use of intuition for IT innovation.

Fulbright Canada encourages and promotes bi-national collaborative research on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries. Fulbright Canada provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian students to pursue graduate study and/or research in the United States.

For more information on the Fulbright Canada exchange program visit the website.

A new link with China

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A delegation from the China University of Geosciences recently visited Queen’s. From left: Pian Huayan, Translator, International Cooperation Office; Cai Min, Deputy Director, International Cooperation Office; Wang Genhou, Dean of School of Earth Sciences and Resources; Wang Hongbing, University Council Chairman; Principal Daniel Woolf; Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International); and Hugh Horton, Interim Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science. (University Communications)

Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf recently met with a delegation from the China University of Geosciences to solidify a partnership between the two institutions.

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“I am delighted to continue building upon the strong relationship that we have fostered over the years with our counterparts in China, including this new collaboration with the distinguished China University of Geosciences,” said Principal Woolf during remarks at the signing in Richardson Hall.

Wang Hongbing, University Council Chairman for the China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), signed the new agreements on behalf of CUGB and also offered remarks during the meeting.

The new agreement between Queen’s and the Beijing university includes a general memorandum of understanding with Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. In particular, the new agreement will make available opportunities for CUGB students to study in Queen’s Department of Geological Science and Geological Engineering.

During the visit, the Chinese delegation met with Queen’s officials in Arts and Science, and Engineering and Applied Science, took a campus tour, and enjoyed a lunch hosted by Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International).

Queen’s launched its Comprehensive International Plan in August 2015 to support its internationalization efforts. The plan’s goals include strengthening Queen’s international research engagement and creating more opportunities for student mobility through programs like academic exchange programs. The plan also aims to attract high-quality international students to Queen’s and to increase international educational opportunities on the Queen’s campus.

For more information on the Queen’s-China connection, visit the Queen’s International website.

Music bridges cultures on campus

Faculties, units invited to sponsor tickets for Isabel concert series that will bring international and domestic students together.

Collectif9, a cutting-edge classical string band, will perform Oct. 13 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the Queen's International at Home series. (Supplied photo)
International at Home Performances
Collectif9: Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 pm​
Ashley MacIsaac: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 7:30 pm
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
Measha Brueggergosman: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 7:30 pm

An exciting initiative that aims to bring together international and domestic students at several cultural events at the Isabel kicks off next month with a performance by cutting-edge classical string band Collectif9.

The Collectif9 show is one of four performances – including Ashley MacIsaac, Measha Brueggergosman, and Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan – in the International at Home series, now in its second year and co-hosted by the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International) and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

In order to bring all students out for the events, organizers are asking faculties and units across campus to sponsor pairs of tickets, which will be distributed equally to international and domestic students to attend a performance together. The Isabel will then match each ticket purchased one-to-one (with the exception of the Ashley MacIsaac concert), with all tickets provided to interested students.

“This series is about building community at Queen’s. It is a chance to partner with the Isabel and provide a wonderful opportunity to draw domestic and international students together through music. It’s intended to bring students, the Queen’s community, and the Kingston community together to deepen intercultural awareness and build networks,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International).

In addition to student networking, the performances also include a pre-concert reception, where students can mingle with the artists, alumni, senior university administrators, faculty, and staff.

Full details are available on the Queen’s International website. Faculties, departments, and units interested in sponsoring student tickets are asked to contact international@queensu.ca Ticket prices range from $14-$18.


A liberating experience

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For the 2016 winter term, Hanna Chidwick (Artsci’17) studied at the University College Maastricht in the Netherlands for an exchange that was supported by the Liberation Scholarship Program. During her time in Europe, Ms. Chidwick took the opportunity to visit a number of cities, including The Hague. (Supplied Photo)

By studying for a semester at the University College Maastricht (UCM) in the Netherlands, Hanna Chidwick (ArtSci’17) gained the learning experience she was looking for.

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She also gained valuable life experience.

Through the exchange, facilitated by the International Programs Office at Queen’s and supported through the Liberation Scholarship Program, the Global Development Studies student spent the 2016 winter term at UCM furthering her education, while at the same time gaining a better understanding of the Netherlands and its people, and meeting students from around the world.

What initially drew her to the school, however, was the preferred method of teaching at UCM.

“The reason I chose Maastricht is because, at the school itself, they do something called problem-based learning,” she explains. “This means smaller classes and more peer-to-peer learning. The students are really engaged in what they are learning and they are passionate about the topics they are learning about. It was an environment that makes it really easy to work with other people and engage with the subject matter.”

At the time of her exchange, Europe was in the midst of the refugee crisis and hearing from others, especially students from around the European Union, was an “enriching” opportunity for a global development student.

Ms. Chidwick says that by taking her learning experience outside of Canada, she was able to meet and learn from others who have very different viewpoints. She also found that she learned much from simply trying to communicate with other students who come from different backgrounds. Making those connections was a key learning point that will remain with her.

“I think I learned a lot from the challenges I had in connecting with others, trying to communicate with other people but also the importance in every aspect of my career, my university life, my academic sphere, of how much other people can contribute and how much you can learn from other people,” she says. “Creating partnerships in a sustainable way, I think that for me, was really instilled. I met so many people from all over the world and trying to maintain those connections and be open to always learning was the ultimate learning that I took out of it.”

She also learned about the bonds that link the Netherlands and Canada, which are the driving force behind the Liberation Scholarship. Exchanges, such as this one, are an opportunity she thinks other Queen’s students should take advantage of.

“I would definitely recommend and encourage others students to get involved in an exchange like this. The scholarship also gave me the opportunity to realize the connection between countries, the connection between Canada and the Netherlands, and the importance of that connection in our history and their history, and to bring that back here,” Ms. Chidwick says. “I feel that I have the responsibility now to represent some piece of the Netherlands that I experienced.”

Started in 2015, the Liberation Scholarship Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, provides 70 scholarships to Canadians to study at Dutch universities. The scholarships are named in honour of the 70th anniversary of Canada’s participation in the liberation of the Netherlands.

For more information on exchanges available to Queen’s students, visit the International Programs Office in Mackintosh–Corry Hall, Rm. B206, visit the website, or send an email.

Building upon a strong relationship

This week Principal Daniel Woolf is travelling to China at the invitation of Jilin University in Changchun as they celebrate the institution’s 70th anniversary. Jilin is a major Chinese research university in Jilin province, in northeastern China.

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“Expanding Queen’s presence internationally is a priority for me, and so I look forward to building upon the strong relationship we have with Jilin University during this trip,” Principal Woolf says. “As we near the launch of our own 175th anniversary at Queen’s, I’m also particularly interested to see how one of our international partners celebrates a milestone anniversary.”

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Principal Daniel Woolf and Yang Zhenbin, Chairman of Jilin University Council, sign the two-plus-two program agreement in April 2015.

Principal Woolf will take part in the host university’s forum entitled Inheritance and Innovation: Responsibility and Challenge: The Development of Higher Education from a Global Perspective, giving a speech on talent development in universities. Principal Woolf has also accepted the offer to be named an Honorary Professor of Jilin University.

“We are very pleased that Principal Woolf is able to participate in Jilin University’s 70th anniversary celebrations,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International). “With Principal Woolf and Queen’s China Liaison Office Director, Zhiyao Zhang, in attendance, we hope to further promote our collaborations with Jilin University and exchange knowledge about talent management in post-secondary institutions.”

Queen’s University partnered with Jilin University last year to offer a “two-plus-two” degree program in computer engineering. A delegation from Jilin visited Queen’s campus in April 2015 to formally sign the partnership agreement.

Finding a home away from home

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Jyoti Kotecha, Director of the Queen's University International Centre, fifth from left, stands the QUIC student staff as they prepares for the arrival of international students. (Supplied Photo)

When it comes to arriving at Queen’s University for the 2016-17 academic year incoming international students are the early birds.

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The majority of Queen’s students will arrive or return to the university over the next two weeks but many international students are already here settling into a new university and possibly a new culture.

Hard at work helping provide the needed support are the staff and volunteers of the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC). With an increasing number of international students arriving each year QUIC has likewise expanded its programming and services to help with the transition period, creating a solid foundation for their Queen’s experience.

At the centre of all the efforts is welcoming the new arrivals into the community, explains QUIC Director Jyoti Kotecha.

“This is their home away from home. We want to make sure that they feel they have a safe place where they can go, relax and rest,” she says. “So a lot of the activities apart from the official orientation sessions that we give really focus around building a community for them.”

The effort to welcome the international students begins long before they arrive, with planning sessions starting early in the calendar year. Through the Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS) program students take part in Orientation Week activities while a newly-designed series of webinars throughout the summer provides information and helps students make the connections they need.

“We presented webinars to answer questions such as how do they get here, things to be thinking about and to let them know the type of support not only that we give them as they try to settle in to campus at Queen’s and in Kingston but also what our partners around student affairs offer them,” Ms. Kotecha says. “This includes student wellness, student housing support, fitting in and finding your social network, and peer mentoring groups.”

Also new this year is the introduction of a self-serve online portal, created by IT Services, that allows students to complete their registration for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) without having to come into the QUIC offices, as was required previously. The development of the portal was led by Steacy Tibbutt, the UHIP administrator at QUIC.

“In the past every student had to come here to QUIC to physically talk to our UHIP administrator and get their proof of insurance,” Ms. Kotecha says, adding that in the first week alone more than 900 students registered before even arriving at Queen’s. “The students can log in at home. They are asked four very simple questions and they can print their UHIP coverage at home at whatever time that they want to do this.”

Looking forward to the academic year, QUIC has also partnered with the Student Experience Office and is offering academic peer mentoring through the Q Success program.

It’s a new world for many of the newly-arriving students and QUIC offers basic supports such as providing information on everything from transit to cultural adjustment, explains Hana Stanbury, QUIC Student Programs: Promotion and Volunteer Coordinator. Housing can also be an issue and to help fill in any gaps a partnership with Queen’s Residences provides students a temporary place to stay until more permanent accommodations are set up.

“That is very helpful,” Ms. Stanbury says. “So when the international students arrive they can  spend few nights there.”

QUIC is currently offering extended hours of operation until Sunday, Sept. 11: Weekdays 8:30 am-8 pm; Weekends and Labour Day (Monday, Sept 5) 1 -8 pm.

For more information about QUIC and the services it offers visit the website or visit the office in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).


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