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Quid Novi: What's new on campus, August 2016

Quid Novi: What's new on campus, August 2016

New appointments to the Order of Canada

[John McGarry]
John McGarry

John McGarry, OC, FRSC, a professor in the department of Political studies, was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his efforts to promote peace and stability in some of the world’s most dangerous and conflicted regions. over the past 30 years, Dr.. McGarry has been a leading expert in the study of how political systems are ordered in countries or regions facing deep divisions along racial, ethnic, or religious lines. He has been sought as an adviser or expert by governments and agencies around the globe. Most recently, he has served as lead adviser on powersharing and governance in the unbacked negotiations in Cyprus that aim to reunify the island. In July, Dr. McGarry also received the 2016 Thomas Henry Pentland Molson Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts in recognition of his work.

Also honoured in the June 30 appointments were:

  • Piers Handling, OC, Arts’71, LLD16 (director of the Toronto International Film Festival) for his success in transforming the TIFF into a fixture of world and Canadian film.
  • Isabel Bassett, CM, O.Ont., Arts’60 (former CEO of TV ontario/TFO and politician) for her community engagement and commitment to the advancement of women and public service, notably in educational broadcasting.
  • Harriet MacMillan, CM, Meds’82 (Professor, McMaster University) for her work as a psychiatrist and pediatrician who seeks to prevent, reduce and respond to family violence.
  • Michel Picher, CM, Law’72 (labour arbitrator) for his contributions in his field, including the improvement of labour-management relations in several key Canadian industries.
  • Deborah Poff, CM, Artsci’77, (Executive Vice-President and Provost, Pacific Coast University) for her contributions to the success of academic institutions as an administrator, and for her efforts to create educational opportunities for indigenous peoples.
  • Glenda Yeates, CM, Artsci’80, MPA'81 (former Deputy Minister of Health) for her service within the governments of saskatchewan and Canada, notably for her immense contributions to maintaining and improving health care for Canadians.OCT. KL

New director for Policy Studies

[David Walker]
David Walker

In June, Principal Woolf announced the appointment of David Walker as interim executive director of the Queen’s School of Policy Dtudies, effective July 1.

Dr. Walker is a professor and former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and is cross-appointed to the School of Policy Studies. He chaired the Province of Ontario’s Expert Panel on SARS, was inaugural chair of the Crown agency Public Health Ontario, was the Alternate Level of Care Lead for the province reporting to then-Minister Deb Matthews, chaired the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health at Queen’s, and has coordinated the planning for the university’s 175th anniversary activities.

In addition to Dr. Walker’s appointment, Principal Woolf has established a commission to study and develop recommendations for revitalizing Queen’s presence in the arena of public policy and as a source of advice to governments, including but not limited to the School of Policy Studies. Membership of the commission will be announced this fall. The commission will seek comprehensive input from Queen’s faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as members of the public service community. the commission will submit a report to Principal Woolf by next spring.

Student Code of Conduct approved

In May, the Board of Trustees approved a revised student Code of Conduct that forms the foundation for the new student non-academic misconduct system at Queen’s.The Queen’s University Advisory Committee on Non-Academic Misconduct (ACNAM), chaired by Principal Woolf, began an extensive consultation with the Queen’s community in October 2015.

The committee was established following direction from the Board of Trustees for the university to review its current non-academic misconduct policies and procedures with the aim of improving the system to support student safety, health and wellness.The committee included representation from across the university, including three student representatives from the Queen’s Alma Mater society, Queen’s Society of Graduate and Professional Students, and a student senator.

The review continued throughout the 2015–16 academic year, concluding in April. Feedback received during this review informed and contributed to the drafting of the Student Code of Conduct. in addition to the consultations held with various groups, The university’s community was invited to comment on the revisions to the Student Code of Conduct in April. More on the Code
of Conduct...

In Memoriam

Sergio A. Bencosme, Professor Emeritus (Pathology), died May 1.
Read more about Dr. Bencosme...

Nathan Kaufman, Professor Emeritus (Pathology and Molecular Medicine), died May 11.
Read more about Dr. Kaufman...

Derek Bone, retired professor (Chemical Engineering), died May 14.

Peter Platenius, Professor Emeritus (Psychology), died May 15.

A.C. “Bert” Hamilton, Professor Emeritus (English), died June 14.

Anthony Geramita, Professor Emeritus (Mathematics & Statistics), died June 22.

Ken Russell, Professor Emeritus (Chemistry), died April 10.
Read more about Dr. Russell...

If you have memories of these professors you would like to share, please email us at review@queensu.ca.

Richardson Stadium update

Richardson stadium has its official opening on Sept. 17, coinciding with the stadium’s inaugural football game as the Queen’s Gaels host the Western Mustangs.

The stadium revitalization project, which began in July 2015, features expanded amenities including new seats and concessions, improved sightlines for fans, state-of-the-art scoreboards, and new video board and sound system.

The finishing touches were added this August, as the stadium was converted to artificial turf.

The revitalization project began with a lead gift of $10 million from Queen’s alumni Stu, Sc’74, and Kim Lang, Artsci’76. The Richardson Foundation contributed an additional $5 million to the project, with total donations exceeding $17 million. The university has invested an additional $3 million for infrastructure support.

Gaels 2016 football schedule

  • Aug. 21 at McGill (exhibition)
  • Aug. 28 at Laurier
  • Sept. 10 at Guelph
  • Sept. 17 vs. Western
  • Sept. 24 vs. Toronto
  • Oct. 1 at Waterloo
  • Oct. 7 at McMaster
  • Oct. 15 vs. Windsor
  • Oct. 22 vs. Ottawa

The Page Lectures

The annual Page Lectures series, hosted by the Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature, honours the late kingston writer and artist Joanne Page. Each year, a distinguished writer is invited to give a lecture on the subject of “the page.”

This year the series welcomes award-winning poet and novelist John Steffler, who was Parliamentary Poet laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008.

When: October 25, 2:30–4 pm
Where: Watson Hall, Room 517

[cover of Alumni Review 2016 Issue 3]