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Winter Review 2014

At an All School Assembly on Friday, May 9, we welcomed our Summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) class. The buds are opening on the trees, and spring is in the air in Kingston. We told new students how beautiful the city would be in this gentle season. We also told them to look with respect at returning students, who spent the Winter term at QSoE. That was a long, cold, stormy winter, and all of our returning students have earned some Canadian bragging rights for slogging through it. Congratulations, Class of Winter 2014!

Looking back over the Winter session, one highlight was our move to west campus. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we began to report to the Dean of Education in November, 2013. In March, we moved our administrative offices to west campus, a move that will facilitate collaboration with our new colleagues at the Faculty of Education. This Summer session we are running our EAP Program for the first time under one roof, at Duncan McArthur Hall. In future, QSoE students will be attending classes on west campus or main campus, depending on their program of study; QSoE will continue to serve the whole university, supporting the needs of all faculties and schools, as well as those of our international partners. English language education and academic acculturation to Queen's and Canadian post-secondary institutions remain our mission.

Another highlight of this past winter was the successful launch of a new program with Kwansei Gakuin University of Japan. This program, the Cross-Cultural Workshop, prepares KGU students to take an active role in a leadership-oriented summer school with Canadian students.

It is always a great pleasure for us to hear from the School of English alumni, those who are studying at Queen's and those who have already graduated with a Queen's degree. In this newsletter, we share the stories of three former students: Mohannad, who graduated with a Master's degree from School of Computing, Xiangtao, currently earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and Jennifer, currently enrolled in the full-time MBA.

And don't forget to "Meet Our Instructor." This issue of our newsletter features Margaret Dillon. 

Best regards,

QSoE Team