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Queen's Athletics and Recreation honoured the 350 student-athletes who achieved Academic All-Star status for the 2018-19 academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Grant Hall. (Supplied photo) 

Queen’s top varsity student-athletes were recognized Wednesday as Athletics and Recreation hosted the 2018-19 Academic All-Stars breakfast in Grant Hall.

A total of 350 student-athletes achieved Academic All-Star status, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year at Queen's. The event was the eighth year the department has honoured the academic and athletic excellence of its student-athletes.

“We are so fortunate to have each and every one of you at Queen’s," Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney says. “Because of your hard work and dedication to both academic and athletic pursuits, we are consistently among the top five schools in the country for the number of Academic All-Stars each year. I would like to recognize and thank our faculties and departments, coaches, academic advisors, Student Wellness Services staff, and the Athletics and Recreation staff for their leadership in creating an inspiring and supportive learning environment for our student-athletes.” 

[Nixon Award winners Gavin Crowder, Erin Lee, and Megan Saftich]
The 2018-19 Nixon Academic Leadership Award winners include, from left: Gavin Crowder, Erin Lee, and Megan Saftich. (Supplied photo)

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris and Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation Leslie Dal Cin were also spoke to the student-athletes and congratulated them on their success.

The Nixon Academic Leadership Award was given out to the male and female athletes from both the varsity teams and clubs who have exemplified achievement in academics, community service and fair play in their sport. This year’s recipients of the Nixon Award are: Erin Lee, women’s swimming; Gavin Crowder, men’s fencing; Megan Saftich, women’s basketball; and Ejaz Causer, football. These awards are named in honour of Gord and Janet Nixon, two extraordinary benefactors to Athletics and Recreation.

For the third year the Pathways to Education academic leadership award sponsored by Freedom 55 Financial was presented to a male and female Pathways to Education high school student-athlete who have demonstrated commitment, discipline, resilience, leadership, and a positive attitude in combining academic achievement and athletic performance. This year’s recipients were Thomas Medeiros and Jazmin Millotte.

Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and its student-led Varsity Leadership Council partnered with Pathways to Education to create mentorship and educational opportunities for local high school students. The partnership also sees Queen’s Gaels Varsity Leadership Council host a group of Pathways students at Queen’s for a day to participate in activities, have lunch, and talk about what university and life as a student-athlete are like.

Approximately 40 per cent of Queen’s student-athletes were named Academic All-Stars this year. The varsity clubs with the highest GPAs were golf and curling, while the highest GPAs from varsity teams were from men’s volleyball and women's basketball.

United Way campaign tops 75 per cent of overall goal

Launched on Oct. 1, the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $370,178 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Thanks to the continued support of staff, faculty and retiree donations the campaign currently total $283,929, or 76.7 per cent of the final goal.

Last year, more than 58,000 people benefited from United Way KFL&A-funded programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway and fill out the forms. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation.

Engaging in courageous conversations

In this piece for the Together We Are blog, Andrew B. Campbell, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens University, shares a set of recommendations to navigate the difficult conversations that lead us to positive change.

[Together We Are]After being involved in a number of conversations at workshops, conferences, and in classrooms, I wish to share eight of my personal principles. Five are postures and positions I have developed throughout my practice over the years, and the other three are from Singleton & Linton (2006).

Share Your Story
Black people, like myself, visible minorities, LGBTQ, Indigenous and the “othered” who do this work, often feel the need to be careful and cautious, often doing this work within predominant white spaces. Storytelling of others and self are powerful tools. Our lived experiences are valued. We live our stories. Often, our stories are situated and shared in deficit ways. It is therefore important and empowering to tell my own story. It is often one of the most courageous things we can do as we engage as our authentic self.

Come prepared to Learn
As I engage in courageous conversations, I am always prepared for learning. So much is happening and very fast, and it is therefore essential that we engage in these conversations from an informed place. Ignorance is poison to a courageous conversation. In the last three years, I personally have had so much learning around historical contexts, terminologies, identities and cultures. I am always excited to add something new to my toolbox. Learning is a change in behaviour brought about by an experience. How are we are changing?

Come Prepared to Unlearn
This process of unlearning is personal and calls for us to be reflective and reflexive about what we know and what has influenced our knowing. Nothing is more wasteful than people coming to conversations with deficit, oppressive or discriminating views, and after much engagement, leave with those same views. They consciously refuse to unlearn since they know that unlearning may cost them some loss of power, loss of privilege, provide truths they were not ready to face and force them to acknowledge others.

Check your Biases
The work to dismantle biases begins with you. It is an internal process. Way too often, when we seek change, we engage in an over dependency on policies, statements, and another checked-box. What we need is for us to foster a greater sense of self-examination within our work, knowing that acts of courage are centered on the individual and not a system. We change to change the system. Who you are impacts how you lead.

Stay Engaged
How many times do we hear of an incident of racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, micro-aggression, or any of the many “sisms”, and we share sentiments of shock and surprise, maybe engage in social media commentary and we move on. We move on very quickly these days and force others to move on as well. I have heard this statement many times, “are we talking about race again?” and my answer is always, yes! As a black professor, I am constantly engaged in the discussions on race. I do not get to skip it or avoid it. Each day I arrive at school, I arrive as a black man. We have to also sustain the conversation for many others inflicted and affected by institutionalized oppressive and discriminatory practices. We have to sustain the conversation for those who are marginalized and disenfranchised. We have to use the power, privilege and access that we have to sustain those conversations.

Speak Your Truth
Speaking your truth requires a willingness to take risks. Growing up in Jamaica, in a very homophobic environment, I learned how to not speak and live my truth. I knew my truth was dangerous and could easily cost me my life, family, and career. Today, as I engage in the work of equity, I am reminded of the power in truth, and I am also reminded of the possible danger in that very truth. Courageous conversations require truth – the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Experience Discomfort
Courageous conversations will be uncomfortable at times. When I teach a class or deliver a workshop, and I sense that discomfort, I allow the participants to understand the value in that discomfort. I never hasten to change the topic or move away from it. I articulate the need to sit in it for a while. I remind them if these are issues that make us uncomfortable – imagine those directly affected and inflicted.

Move to Action
In 2016 Nike engaged in a courageous conversation and designed the first sport hijab to be worn at the 2016 Summer Olympics. The Toronto Raptors made history by being the first NBA team to have their own licensed line of the traditional Muslim head covering. We have to engage in conversations that are tangible – conversations that lead to change.  We are big on conferences, workshops, seminars, councils, committees, symposiums and working groups. All that is necessary and needed, however, let us ensure our conversations are intentional and deliberate and lead to real action.

For The Record: Nov. 21, 2019

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Dec. 5. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Dec. 3. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette Editor Andrew Carroll.

Selection committee appointed for the Director, Environmental Studies

Ryan Danby’s term as Interim Director of the School of Environmental Studies is scheduled to end on June 30, 2020. Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris has appointed a selection committee to advise him on the appointment of the next Director. 

The selection committee has the following membership: 

  • Brian Cumming, Professor, School of Environmental Studies
  • Diane Orihel, Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies
  • Michael Smith, Professor, School of Environmental Studies
  • Graham Whitelaw, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Studies
  • Louise Winn, Professor, School of Environmental Studies
  • Patricia Collins, Cognate Faculty, Associate Professor, Geography & Planning
  • Colin Khan, School Administrator, School of Environmental Studies
  • Corinna Dally-Starna, Graduate Student, School of Environmental Studies
  • Shenali Madhanaroopan, Undergraduate Student, School of Environmental Studies
  • James Reynolds, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Gordon E. Smith (Chair), Vice-Dean (Faculty Relations), Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Danielle Gugler (Secretary), Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, comments on the present state and future prospects of the School of Environmental Studies are invited by Nov. 22, 2019. Submission of names of possible candidates for the directorship are also invited. 

Please send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Danielle Gugler. All letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the department members or the committee, a meeting can be arranged between the department and the committee to ascertain the department’s views on the qualities of a director.  Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the department for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).

Selection committee appointed for Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Greenspan’s term as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering ends June 30, 2020.

In accordance with the terms of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee has been formed to assist Interim Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) Tom Harris in the selection of a head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The membership of the committee is as follows:

Elected Faculty:

  • Ahmad Afsahi
  • Steven Blostein
  • Thomas Dean
  • Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad
  • Karen Rudie

Appointed Members:

  • Shayna Robertson (Undergraduate student)
  • Mahdi Tunde Ranjbar (PhD candidate)
  • Debra Fraser (staff member)
  • Jon Pharoah, Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Non-Voting Member:

  • James Reynolds, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Chair:

  • Kevin J. Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Committee Administrator:

  • Brooke Kelly, Staffing Officer

Members of the university community are invited to comment on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and to submit names of possible candidates for the headship to Kevin J. Deluzio, Dean (Chair), c/o Brooke Kelly (brooke.kelly@queensu.ca), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Nov. 25, 2019. All letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become a part of the record of decision making.

Selection committee appointed for Head, Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining

Takis Katsabanis’ term as head of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining ends June 30, 2020. 

In accordance with the terms of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee has been formed to assist Interim Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) Tom Harris in the selection of a head of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. The membership of the committee is as follows: 

Elected Faculty:

  • Laeeque Daneshmend
  • Ahmad Ghahreman
  • Anne Johnson
  • Chris Pickles
  • Asli Sari.

Appointed Members:

  • Andrew Borschneck (Undergraduate student)
  • Sebastian Avalos Sotomayor (PhD candidate)
  • Wanda Badger (staff member)
  • Kevin Mumford, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Non-Voting Member:

  • James Reynolds, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Chair:

  • Mark Green, Vice Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Committee Administrator:

  • Brooke Kelly, Staffing Officer

Members of the university community are invited to comment on the present state and future prospects of the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining and to submit names of possible candidates for the headship to Mark Green, Vice Dean (Graduate Studies and Recruitment) (Chair), c/o Brooke Kelly (brooke.kelly@queensu.ca), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Nov. 25, 2019.  All letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become a part of the record of decision making.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0819-0840
Successful Candidate: Alexandra Lewyckyj Jarymowycz

Job Title: Development Coordinator, Advancement Regional Strategy (USW Local 2010)
Department: Alumni Relations & Annual Giving within the Office of Advancement
Competition: J0919-0686
Successful Candidate: Nicole Lynch

Job Title: Audit and Monitoring Group (AMG) Team Leader
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0719-1158
Successful Candidate: Meghan Engbretson (Canadian Cancer Trials Group)

Job Title: Professional Programs Manager
Department: School of Rehabiliation Therapy
Competition: J0719-0906
Successful Candidate: Kathryn Aldrich (Human Resources)

Job Title: Education Program Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Critical Care Medicine
Competition: J0919-0456
Successful Candidate: Karen Richardson (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)

Job Title: Gift Administrator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Advancement Services within the Office of Advancement
Competition: J0619-0218
Successful Candidate: Michelle Cronin

Job Title: Program Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts & Science, Dean's Office
Competition: J0719-1185
Successful Candidate: Chris Bergen

Job Title: Coordinator-Regional eConsult Service
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences-SEAMO Office
Competition: J0919-0525
Successful Candidate: Chelsea Good

Job Title: Prospect Research Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Advancement Services
Competition: J0919-0865
Successful Candidate: Erin Bartok

Job Title: Research Assistant
Department: Department of Clinical Arrhythmia Research Unit
Competition: J0819-0510
Successful Candidate: Deirdre Hindmarch

Job Title: Research Contracts Associate/Legal Advisor
Department: Office of Partnerships and Innovation
Competition: J0419-0229
Successful Candidate: Priscilla Ferrazzi

Job Title: Admissions/Clinical Skills Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Undergraduate Medical Education
Competition: J0919-0013
Successful Candidate: Kristin Baker

Job Title: Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Undergraduate Chair (USW Local 2010)
Department: Psychology
Competition: J0919-0884
Successful Candidate: Anja Wilke (Psychology)

Job Title: Manager of Predictive Analytics
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: J0819-0326
Successful Candidate: Alicia Peltsch

Job Title: Human Resources Administrator
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0819-0684
Successful Candidate: Kristy Vandervelde

Job Title: Project Manager
Department: Department of Information Technology
Competition: J0819-0742
Successful Candidate: Ian Mathers

Job Title: Director, Human Resources
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science
Competition: J0819-0401
Successful Candidate: David Mignault

Job Title: Director, Human Resources
Department: Human Resources
Competition: J0819-0475
Successful Candidate: Melissa Morrison

Job Title: Training Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty Health Sciences- Med Tech Unit
Competition: J1019-0082
Successful Candidate: Corinne Boschma (Undergraduate Medical Education)

Job Title: Global Oncology Program Manager
Department: Oncology
Competition: J0619-0360
Successful Candidate: Matthew Jalink

Job Title: Program Assistant
Department: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Competition: J0719-0841
Successful Candidate: Charlotte Gagnier

Job Title: Caretaker (CUPE 229)
Department: Residences
Competition: J0719-1027
Successful Candidate: Joshua Badour

Job Title: Accessibility Services Advisor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Accessibility Services
Competition: J0619-1109
Successful Candidate: Michelle Vieira

Job Title: Student Awards Officer (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of University Registrar (Student Awards)
Competition: J0819-0097
Successful Candidate: Chandra Erickson (Continuing & Distance Studies)

 

New clinic director to cultivate business law partnerships

Tomi Adebiyi
New Queen's Business Law Clinic director Tomi Adebiyi looks forward to enhancing experiential learning opportunities for students and to building relationships with more community organizations that will help budding entrepreneurs and innovators in the Kingston area. (Photo by Greg Black)

After only 10 months of supervising students who serve start-ups and entrepreneurs, Tomi Adebiyi has taken the helm at the Queen's Business Law Clinic. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adebiyi practised with one of her home country’s leading business law firms for three years before completing an LLM in corporate/commercial law at McGill University. After her 2015 graduation, she worked in different capacities with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and then joined the Queen's Business Law Clinic in January. 

Promoted from staff lawyer to director of the Queen's Business Law Clinic, Tomi Adebiyi speaks about her interests in business law, clinic experience and her plans for the future.

What interests you most about business law and in providing legal services to small businesses, non-profit organizations and other Queen's Business Law Clinic clients?

I have always been intrigued by business law. I was curious to understand the intersection of law and business as a law student and this influenced my decision to pursue a business law practice. I also have a strong background in pro bono service, having worked as a staff member, articling student and volunteer lawyer at a pro bono organisation in Saskatchewan. Being able to assist clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services has been quite a fulfilling experience for me. For many of our clients, the Queen's Business Law Clinic provides them with an invaluable opportunity to obtain excellent legal advice thereby avoiding potential mistakes that could cost their business a lot going forward. 

What did you like best about being a staff lawyer with the Queen's Business Law Clinic?

The best part of my job as a staff lawyer was supervising the student caseworkers. When I resumed in January, the student caseworkers were halfway through their time at the clinic and, at that stage, were producing substantial work for review. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing their work and advising the student caseworkers on their client files. 

This summer, I worked closely with the three Queen's Business Law Clinic summer caseworkers to provide our clients with top-quality and timely legal services. We had a great time working with clients from the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) Program run by the Dunin-Despande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). We helped clients incorporate businesses, prepared Shareholders Agreements and advised them on their intellectual property rights. It was satisfying to watch some of our clients as they presented their ideas, and won seed funding, at the Dunin-Deshpande Summer Pitch Competition.

What surprised you about working with the Queen's Business Law Clinic?

The enthusiasm and dedication of the student caseworkers, as well as the versatility of files at the clinic, was a pleasant surprise. Working with startup companies and budding entrepreneurs presents a unique opportunity for students to experience hands on some of the issues that they are unlikely to find in bigger companies. It was a pleasure to watch students wear the adviser hat as they transferred the theoretical knowledge learnt at the law school into practical advice for the benefit of their clients. 

What do you like best about your new role as Queen's Business Law Clinic director?

In addition to supervising the 24 student caseworkers at the clinic, I instruct the Queen’s Business Law Clinic course. Over the summer, I worked with Morgan Jarvis (Law’10), the previous Clinic Director, to develop an intellectually stimulating syllabus for the 2019-20 school year. As part of my supervisory role, I meet with each student caseworker monthly to discuss file work and give feedback to the student on their file work. I am also working in collaboration with our partners, the Office of Partnerships & Innovation and the DDQIC on various projects, including the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which is a $3.2 million fund provided by FedDev Ontario for Queen’s University. 

What are your plans for the clinic?

The Queen's Business Law Clinic is known for the provision of exceptional legal services to the Kingston area’s growing innovation ecosystem, start-ups, social enterprises, not-for-profits and charitable corporations. I look forward to continue to build up and enhance this reputation. I also look forward to enhancing the student experience at the QBLC by providing them with hands-on experiential learning opportunities throughout their year at the QBLC. We currently have a strong partnership with the DDQIC and the Office of Partnerships & Innovation and I look forward to renewing, strengthening and cultivating partnerships with other community organizations with similar goals and objectives, particularly groups focused on newcomers in Canada, budding entrepreneurs and innovators in the Kingston area. 

This article was first published by the Queen's Faculty of Law.

Call for Nominations – Board of Trustees and Senate

The University Secretariat is seeking nominations for the following positions:

Senate

• 1 Staff member (3-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2020)

• 1 Faculty member* (3-year term commencing Sept. 1, 2020)

Board of Trustees

• 1 Staff member (3-year term commencing June 1, 2020)

• 1 Faculty member (3-year term commencing June 1, 2020)

Are you eligible?

Almost all faculty and staff members at Queen’s can be nominated, or nominate themselves, for the Board of Trustees or Senate. Nomination forms and information about the nomination process are available online on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website or by contacting the University Secretariat at 613-533-6095.

*NOTE: Eligibility for faculty members on the Senate is under review. Please check back after Nov. 26 at https://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/elections/senate to ensure you are eligible. Adjunct 1 faculty and those holding an appointment at the level of Associate Dean or equivalent, and above, would not be eligible for faculty senator seats. 

When is a nomination due?

Nominations, by email or hard copy, need to be submitted to the University Secretariat, F300 Mackintosh-Corry Hall or to univsec@queensu.ca by 4 pm on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

In recognition of the value that diversity brings to governing bodies and in order to help us achieve the goal of reflecting the diversity of Canadian society, individuals from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized group members, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, and persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply.

Please contact the University Secretariat should you have any questions at 613-533-6095 or univsec@queensu.ca

United Way campaign reaches two-thirds of overall goal

Launched on Oct. 1, the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $370,178 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Thanks to the continued support of staff, faculty and retiree donations the campaign currently total $252,763, or 68.3 per cent of the final goal.

Last year, more than 58,000 people benefited from United Way KFL&A-funded programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway and fill out the forms. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation.

Fall convocation concludes

  • The Four Directions Women Singers perform an honour song for Senator Murray Sinclair as he receives an honorary degree from Queen's University on Friday afternoon.
    The Four Directions Women Singers perform an honour song for Senator Murray Sinclair as he receives an honorary degree from Queen's University on Friday afternoon.
  • Senator Murray Sinclair, the Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivers a speech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's.
    Senator Murray Sinclair, the Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivers a speech after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's.
  • A new graduate points out her family in Grant Hall as she takes a photo with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane.
    A new graduate points out her family in Grant Hall as she takes a photo with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane.
  • Ann Dowsett Johnston holds up her honorary degree
    Ann Dowsett Johnston holds up her honorary degree as she is congratulated by, from left: Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane; Rector Alex Da Silva; Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Fahim Quadir; and Chancellor Jim Leech.
  • Family members take photos as their graduate makes her way across the stage during Friday morning's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Family members take photos as their graduate makes her way across the stage during Friday morning's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Rector Alex Da Silva speaks to the graduands as they prepare to be hooded and receive their degrees on Friday, Nov. 15.
    Rector Alex Da Silva speaks to the graduands as they prepare to be hooded and receive their degrees on Friday, Nov. 15.
  • A graduate smiles as she is hooded on the Grant Hall stage during Friday morning's ceremony, the sixth of Fall Convocation.
    A graduate smiles as she is hooded on the Grant Hall stage during Friday morning's ceremony, the sixth of Fall Convocation.
  • Graduands acknowledge the family members, friends and other supports who have helped them along the way during their studies at Queen's University.
    Graduands acknowledge the family members, friends and other supports who have helped them along the way during their studies at Queen's University.

Fall Convocation concluded on Friday with the final two ceremonies.

An honorary degree was conferred at each ceremony with bestselling author and award-winning journalist Ann Dowsett Johnston being recognized in the morning and former Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Senator Murray Sinclair in the afternoon session.

Over the past four days seven convocation ceremonies and the installation ceremony of Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane were held in Grant Hall over, with six honorary degrees being handed out.

More information about convocation at Queen's is available on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

A busy second day at Fall Convocation

  • Michael Polak receives a blanket
    Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship graduate Michael Polak receives a blanket during the morning ceremony of Fall Convocation on Thursday.
  • A new graduate receives a hug after receiving her degree
    A new graduate receives a hug after crossing the stage at Grant Hall on Thursday, Nov. 14.
  • A graduate points at his family as they take a photo of him with Chancellor Jim Leech.
    A graduate from Smith School of Business points at his family as they take a photo of him and Chancellor Jim Leech.
  • A graduate shows her excitement as she is hooded during one of Thursday's three Fall Convocation ceremonies.
    A graduate shows her excitement as she is hooded during one of Thursday's three Fall Convocation ceremonies.
  • A mother of a graduate stands up from the crowd and waves as she takes a photo.
    A mother of a graduate stands up from the crowd and waves as she takes a photo.
  • A pair of graduates take in the moment as they are hooded on the Grant Hall stage during Thursday's second convocation ceremony.
    A pair of graduates take in the moment as they are hooded on the Grant Hall stage during Thursday's second convocation ceremony.

Fall Convocation continued for a second day at Queen’s University with three ceremonies at Grant Hall.

The ceremonies featured graduates from the Smith School of Business, School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Faculty of Education.

Fall Convocation concludes on Friday with the final two of the seven ceremonies.

Live feeds of the ceremonies are available online.

For a full schedule, visit the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

Alcohol Policy review nears completion

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris recently provided an update regarding the review of Queen’s Alcohol Policy, with the review expected to be complete by the beginning of 2020 and the revised policy brought into effect on May 1, 2020.

“Considerable feedback was received on the proposed changes throughout the consultation process and in the form of other submissions,” Provost Harris says. “We will take the time to consider this feedback as part of our review.”

The university began the review of its Alcohol Policy almost a year ago, holding more than 20 meetings with campus stakeholders, including multiple meetings with Alma Mater Society (AMS) and Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) executives, campus pub managers, and many departments and faculties throughout the year before putting a draft policy up for wider community comment in September. Input was also received from representatives of the Post-Secondary Education Partnership-Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) and Kingston Public Health. A review of the Alcohol Policy was last undertaken in 2012.

“Queen’s University is committed to fostering a safe and secure campus environment that supports health, safety, well-being, and success,” Provost Harris says. “The proposed changes are intended to reflect our commitment to harm reduction, risk mitigation, intervention, and enforcement strategies as outlined by the Post-Secondary Education Partnership-Alcohol Harms Framework that seeks to address high-risk drinking and alcohol harm reduction.”

Queen’s co-chairs PEP-AH’s National Advisory Committee and has been a member of the national network since 2016. The university also adopted the Okanagan Charter in 2018, and recently launched a Campus Wellness Project, all aimed at further promoting a safe and healthy campus community.

Community concerns around alcohol misuse at events such as unsanctioned street parties and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations led to the establishment by the City of Kingston of the University Safety District Initiative and Nuisance Party bylaw in 2018. The university’s administration and the Board of Trustees responded with a renewed focus on encouraging greater alcohol harm-reduction initiatives, and the Alcohol Policy is seen as a foundational step in developing a wider Campus Alcohol Strategy to coordinate the numerous initiatives being undertaken.

The Alcohol Policy applies to all members of the Queen’s community, including students, employees, alumni, visitors, and guests on university property and at university-sanctioned events that take place off-campus.  In line with the usual practice for new or revised policies, the draft policy was posted for public review and comment in late September. All feedback received through the public review process is being reviewed by the subcommittee of the Alcohol Working Group and will be forwarded to the Policy Advisory Subcommittee for further discussion. The final decision will be made by the university’s senior leadership team, which is chaired by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane.

“Our primary purpose as an institution of higher learning is to provide a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for our faculty, staff, and students to support our mission of education and research, not to facilitate the sale or consumption of alcohol,” Provost Harris says. “I’m confident the final document will reflect that purpose. We will certainly consider all of the thoughtful feedback we have before us.”

Any changes to the policy will be implemented in the spring, to give stakeholders time to ensure a smooth implementation over the summer in advance of the fall semester.

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