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Campus News: Winter 2022

Several students gather behind a video camera, looking at the equipment, during a Sony workshop.

Photography by Johnny C. Y. Lam

On Campus

Film and Media students learned some new skills thanks in part to a donation from Sony Canada. Hosted by Sony and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE 667), a workshop was delivered by Beth Nobes, Artsci’95, co-ordinator of IATSE 667’s camera trainee program. 

  • What: A workshop on camera techniques 
  • Where: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts 
  • When: Oct. 21, 2022 

Gaels roar back for 2022 season

The Queen’s Gaels returned to a full slate of events in fall 2022 for the first time since the 2019–20 season. The return to regular league play and full playoff schedules saw many highlights for the Gaels. The Queen’s baseball team won their first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship in program history, Queen’s Women’s Lacrosse won their first OUA championship since 2018, and Queen’s Fastpitch won a provincial title, breaking an 11-year winning streak for Western University.  

The Queen’s women’s rugby team, who were coming off a U SPORTS victory at home in 2021, were eager to defend their title. The team went undefeated in the regular season en route to regaining the OUA championship from rival Guelph. The team then travelled to Victoria, B.C., for the U SPORTS championships, where they defeated the University of Victoria Vikes and the Ottawa Gee-Gees to earn a spot in the championship game. The Gaels ultimately fell to the Laval Rouge et Or and settled for a U SPORTS silver medal.  

Queen’s Football had another successful season, going 7-1 in the regular season before beating the University of Toronto and the Ottawa Gee-Gees to advance to the Yates Cup for the second year in a row. The Gaels fell to the Mustangs in the Yates Cup, but there were many positives – second--year student-athlete Silas Hubert was named OUA Lineman of the Year and first-year kicker Tyler Mullan was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team. With many top players returning, the future of Queen’s Football looks bright. 

Chancellor Sinclair honoured after pandemic delays

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLD’19, was officially installed as 15th Chancellor of Queen’s during a ceremony that took place at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Nov. 15, 2022. 

Many dignitaries were on hand to officially welcome the chancellor, including Principal Patrick Deane and Board of Trustees Chair Mary Wilson Trider, Com’82. 

Chancellor Sinclair is the first Queen’s chancellor of Indigenous heritage and the ceremony reflected his roots, such as opening the event with music from the Four Directions Drum Group. 

“I want to say my commitment to Queen’s is one I feel wholeheartedly,” said Chancellor Sinclair, who had to address the gathering remotely via video due to COVID-19. “My ambition as Queen’s new chancellor is to make sure (the) education (students) receive is fully inclusive from an understanding of Canada’s history with Indigenous People.” 

The chancellor is the highest officer and the ceremonial head of the university. Among his duties, the chancellor presides over convocations, confers degrees, and chairs the annual meeting of the University Council.  

First in-person Homecoming held since 2019

Alumni finally returned to Queen’s after two years of virtual Homecoming celebrations. 

Approximately 2,000 alumni and their guests were in Kingston Oct. 28–30 for the first in-person Homecoming since 2019. Alumni travelled from as far away as Albania, Australia, Ghana, Poland, and Switzerland, and Homecoming participants spanned many generations, including one alumnus who graduated 76 years ago as a member of Arts’46.  

“Homecoming is a chance for alumni to rekindle friendships with classmates, explore the campus, and learn how students and researchers are making a positive impact in their fields and around the globe,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand, Artsci’94. “The past two years of virtual Homecoming celebrations were a success, but we know you can’t replace the wonderful feeling of being on campus and seeing classmates face to face.” 

Members of the Tricolour Guard (alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago) marched to the cheers of the Richardson Stadium crowd during the half-time parade at the Gaels playoff football game. Alumni also took part in dozens of organized events, including faculty breakfasts, open house tours, and barbecues. Both the Black and Queer alumni chapters held special socials for their members and supporters. 

Queen's Women's Association looking to grow

The Queen’s Women’s Association (QWA) is seeking new members. The social group was established in 1939 to encourage women to build friendships and maintain their connection to the university.  

The organization, based out of a home at 187A King Street West on the edge of campus, regularly runs social activities such as playing bridge, conversing in French, and discussing and sharing books. The QWA also tries to find ways to give back to Queen’s, such as establishing bursaries to female students.  

The organization wants its members to have a sense of belonging and wants to help foster ties to the Queen’s community.  

Visit the QWA website or email for details. 

Seven professors receive one of Canada's top research honours

Seven Queen’s professors have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly contributions. 

Virginia Walker (Biology and School of Environmental Studies), Gabor Fichtinger (Computing), Guojun Liu (Chemistry), Susanne Soederberg (Global Development Studies), Ian Moore (Civil Engineering), Christine Sypnowich (Philosophy), and Stephen Scott (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) have been honoured  
for their research, which spans multiple disciplines – from political philosophy and computer-assisted medicine to the effect of policy-making on social inequalities. 

It is one of the most prestigious academic honours in the country for researchers in the fields of arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

The Royal Society also added new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, including Geography and Planning Associate Professor Julia Christensen, who joined Queen’s in the summer of 2022.  

Since 1964, Queen’s has seen 118 of its faculty members elected as fellows of the Royal Society and 16 as members of the College of New Artists, Scholars, and Scientists.  

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