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Queen's University

Principal Woolf’s Report to the University Senate

October 29, 2013

Speaking notes

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In addition to his written report, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:

Since last Senate, there has been a great deal going on across the university. We have seen the return of Homecoming over two separate weekends. The first meeting of the Board of Trustees for this academic year coincided with the first Homecoming weekend. University Council met in a new format over two days – this coincided with the second Homecoming weekend. 


  • Homecoming 2013 has officially come to an end. 
  • I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all of the Queen's staff, alumni, students and volunteers – and many of you in this room – that worked so hard to make Homecoming a success.
  • I also want to thank our community partners, including the Kingston Police and city officials, for their collaboration and support.
  • The return of Homecoming meant a great deal to the Queen's community, and I was happy to see that the event was, for the most part, a safe and respectful celebration of the Queen's spirit.
  • In terms of next steps and what next year might look like, over the coming weeks, the university will meet with all of its partners – including business leaders, students, alumni, Kingston Police, community members, and municipal officials – to discuss the weekends and gather feedback on a variety of topics, including the benefits of Homecoming to the city of Kingston.
  • We have worked closely with all of our partners throughout this process, and will continue to work with them as we make decisions regarding this and future Homecomings.

Honours and Awards

Since last we met, members of our community continue to be recognized through honours and awards and it is a pleasure to report a selection of these to you.

Three faculty members, Roger Deeley, Jacalyn Duffin and Elizabeth Eisenhauer, were elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for their outstanding achievements in health sciences.

Four Queen’s students have won Vanier Scholarships to carry out their doctoral research this year:

  • Clinical Psychology student Katherine Holshausen works in the Cognitive and Psychotic Disorders Lab.
  • For Sara Pavan in Political Studies, this is the second major award this year – she was earlier awarded a Trudeau Fellowship. Her research focuses on how to better assist immigrants to become part of the democratic process.
  • Geography doctoral student Laura Schaefli is researching the history of the Canada-U.S. border and the perceptions of First Nations and Métis regarding the surveying and mapping of Canada’s Great Lakes region undertaken by the International Boundary Commission between 1817 and 1827.
  • Daniel Vena in Gender Studies will be continuing his research into transgender identities.  He is currently completing a Master’s degree focusing on transgender identities through the narratives of comic book characters.

Queen’s China liaison officer, Zhiyao Zhang, was awarded a Governor General’s Medallion for his work promoting Canadian education ties in China. He accepted the the honour from Gov. Gen. David Johnston at a ceremony in Shanghai.

Lastly, I would like to draw Senate’s attention to the awarding of the Distinguished Service Awards, the highest honour for service to Queen's, at the University Council Dinner on October 18.  Of the four awardees, three are former members of Senate: Greg Lessard, David Ginsberg and Alistair MacLean.  Kim Black, former Trustee was also honoured.

AUCC Membership Meeting

  • At the AUCC Membership meeting last week, former Queen’s Professor of Computer and Information Science and current President of the University of Manitoba, David Barnard, was elected Chair of the Board of Directors.  

Board of Trustees Meeting

  • A report of the highlights of the recent Board of Trustees meeting is provided for information later in the agenda.
  • I would like to draw Senate’s attention to the unanimous approval, referenced in the Provost’s written report, of the strategic framework by the Board.  The Provost will be providing an overview of the Framework at the next meeting of Senate. 

University Council Meeting

  • Senate’s representative on University Council, Jenny Medves, will provide an oral report later in the agenda on the activities of Council at its first post-reform meeting.
  • I did want to highlight two things in my report however:
    • This was a particularly important meeting with the appointment of Jim Leech as the next Chancellor of Queen’s.
    • There was strong engagement of Councillors on issues of importance to Queen’s. Their input on strategic enrollment will inform the Strategic Enrolment Plan coming to Senate in March, and augment input from other groups including Senate through the recent Board/Senate Retreat.


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