Queen's University

For the Record: January 19, 2012

Date: 
Thu, 01/19/2012

Awards

Nominate a Queen’s hero

Nominations are now being accepted for Queen’s Distinguished Service Awards, the highest honour for exemplary service to the university.

Queen’s alumni and members of University Council, which includes members of Senate and Board of Trustees, can directly nominate candidates. Other university community members can suggest nominees to a University Council representative. Membership lists are posted on the University Secretariat website under the Senate, Board and University Council categories.

The deadline for nominations is February 3. Complete guidelines and nomination forms are online.

The University Council Executive Committee reviews the nominations and selects recipients in February. The honourees will receive the award at the annual meeting and dinner of the University Council in May.

Committees

Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed a selection committee to provide advice on the appointment of a successor to Dr. William Mackillop who will complete his second term as head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology on December 31, 2012. The selection committee has the following membership:

Elected members from the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Dr. Beatriz E. Alvarado-Llano, Assistant Professor
Dr. Patricia A. Groome, Professor
Dr. Duncan J.W. Hunter, Associate Professor
Dr. Will D. King, Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Y. Peng, Associate Professor

Appointed Members
Alex Perry, graduate student representative
Dr. James N. Reynolds, Professor, Biomedical and Medical Sciences
Lee M. Watkins, Administrative Assistant, Community Health and Epidemiology

Non-Voting Members
Dr. David H. Rappaport, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Iain D. Young, Vice-Dean Academic, Faculty of Health Sciences

Chair
Richard K. Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Secretary
Gail L. Knutson, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences

All members of the university community are invited to submit the names of possible candidates for the headship and to comment, in writing, on the present state and future prospects of the department. Submissions are to be directed by Wednesday, February 8 to Dean Reznick, c/o Mrs. Knutson, Faculty of Health Sciences, Macklem House, Queen’s University, 18 Barrie Street, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6 or to gail.knutson@queensu.ca. All submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee, in confidence, and will become part of the record of decision-making. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Brenda Brouwer’s term as interim Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies ends on May 31, 2012. Dr. Brouwer has indicated that she would consider a term as dean should it be the wish of the university community.

In accordance with the procedures established by Senate, a committee chaired by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), will be established to advise Principal Daniel Woolf on the present state and future prospects of the School of Graduate Studies and on the selection of the dean. Members of the university community are also invited to offer comments on the present state and future prospects of the School of Graduate Studies and the deanship. These comments should be submitted in writing to Provost Harrison via provost@queensu.ca by Friday, January 27. Respondents are asked to state whether they wish to have their letters shown, in confidence, to the members of the advisory committee.

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Kimberly A. Woodhouse’s term as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science ends on June 30, 2012. Dr. Woodhouse has indicated that she would consider a second term as dean should it be the wish of the university community.

In accordance with the procedures established by Senate, a committee chaired by Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), will be established to advise Principal Daniel Woolf on the present state and future prospects of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and on the selection of the dean. Members of the university community are also invited to offer comments on the present state and future prospects of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the deanship. These comments should be submitted in writing to Provost Harrison via provost@queensu.ca by Friday, January 27. Respondents are asked to state whether they wish to have their letters shown, in confidence, to the members of the advisory committee.

Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Janet Brooke’s term as director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC) ends on June 30, 2012. Ms Brooke is eligible for reappointment and has indicated her desire to continue in this role, should it be the wish of the university community.

In accordance with the university's practice in these matters, a committee chaired by Dr. Susan Cole, Deputy Provost, will be established to advise Provost Alan Harrison on Ms Brooke’s leadership and renewal. Suggestions for membership on the advisory committee are requested and should be submitted in writing to the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Suite 353 Richardson Hall or via provost@queensu.ca by Friday, January 20.

Members of the university community are also invited to offer comments on Ms Brooke’s leadership of the AEAC by February 3. Letters should be submitted to Suite 353 Richardson Hall or via email at provost@queensu.ca. Respondents are asked to state whether they wish to have their letters shown, in confidence, to the members of the advisory committee.

Apply now to serve on Senate committees

Committee service is a valuable way in which members of the university community participate in the governance of Queen's. Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community, and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.

At this time the Senate Nominating Committee seeks faculty, staff and students who are willing to put their names forward for committee service, beginning September 1, 2012. Terms are usually for two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility.

For a list of vacancies, visit the website. You can click on the committee name to read the terms of reference and composition. An online application form is at the bottom of the vacancy list.

The need for members to serve on all these committees is pressing. Community members are urged to consider putting their name forward, either for a committee dealing with a subject that is of immediate interest or concern to you, or for a committee dealing with a subject that you know is important. Either way, committee work allows you to directly impact the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students and staff.

Applications will be accepted until March 16.

If you wish to discuss the opportunity of serving on a Senate committee, please feel free to contact the Secretariat Office at (613) 533-6095.

Human Resources

Milestones – December 2011

If you have a milestone of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 years or more of continuous service coming up and you do NOT wish your name to be included in the listing, please contact Faye Baudoux at ext. 77791.

Congratulations to those who achieved the following milestones in December.

Thirty-five years: Olga Oleinikow, Office of the University Registrar.

Thirty years: Paul Halladay, PPS.

Twenty years: Steve Gillen, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.

Fifteen years: Darlene Daniels, Human Resources; Laurie A Ross, School of Business.

Ten years: Randy Baxter, Campus Security; Tracey Cain, Neurology.

Five years: Leslie M Dal Cin, Athletics and Recreation; Laurie Halligan, Campus Security; Xin He, School of Business; R Stuart Pinchin, Office of the University Registrar; Beth Readman, Financial Services; Kathleen P Whelan, Medicine.

Notices

Additional Voluntary Contributions to Queen's Pension Plan

Members of the Queen's Pension Plan (QPP) can make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) by payroll deduction each month without interruption, subject to a monthly contribution limit based on annual pensionable salary. Under this program, contributions will be deducted every month of the year and will continue indefinitely, so there is no need to renew each year.

With the exception of new employees (who may enroll at the beginning of their appointment), the opportunity to enroll is only available in February of each year. This annual window of opportunity also allows existing AVC contributors to increase their deductions (subject to the monthly limit) or decrease their deduction. Participants may stop their deduction at any time (subject only to re-enrolment restrictions).

If you wish to enroll or make a change to your current monthly AVC deduction, please print and complete the online form and return it to the Pensions and Benefits Unit, Department of Human Resources, Fleming Hall (Stewart-Pollock Wing), prior to February 1, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at ext. 32070.
 

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