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Tabling your furniture orders

A smoother process has been created for employees submitting furniture orders valued at less than $50,000.

[Queen's University Centre for Teaching and Learning chair furniture]
The Centre for Teaching and Learning's stylish office has been attracting plenty of attention from other university offices looking to spruce up their presentation. (University Communications)

Following a review of the furniture acquisition process, the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel, together with key stakeholders, has made a number of changes and improvements to the way staff can make their requests for a new filing cabinet, desk, chair, or a whole new office suite.

“The Queen’s community places thousands of furniture orders per year, so centralizing this contract means substantial time and cost savings for the university,” says Yvonne Holland, Director of Lease and Contract Management. “Under this new process, those seeking to place furniture orders now enjoy greater selection, lower costs, and faster turnaround. I want to thank all those who helped us investigate this challenge and create this new resource for the Queen’s community.”

Ms. Holland’s team inherited responsibility for this contract in the fall of 2017, and formed an interdepartmental team to study the issue. The team created a Request for Supplier Quote and, following the public tender, three vendors were selected in the spring.

As part of this new contract, the vendors are bringing new furniture options and a host of new furniture services to the Queen’s community. These include storage options, and drawing services to help plan out office layouts. In addition, annual report cards will be generated by Queen’s to log the performance of each vendor, and inform future purchases.

“At the library we are continuously updating our spaces based on our user needs and feedback. This new service package gives us greater choice in design, and offers price point comparisons from vendors," says Nancy Petri, Manager, Finance and Administrative Operations with the Library. "Services such as a quick ship also provide us with greater flexibility when time is of the essence. This new furniture acquisitions process helps us do an even better job of meeting the needs of the Queen’s community.”

The online furniture order forms can be found at www.queensu.ca/forms. Next, the team hopes to design a similar process for larger furniture orders, and roll out a furniture acquisition and installation toolkit.

If you have questions about this new process, or if you have a university lease or license agreement which you would like reviewed, please contact Yvonne Holland from the University Secretariat, Leasing and Contract Management at hollandy@queensu.ca or 613 533-6000 x77906.

For the Record: Aug. 16, 2018

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, Aug. 30. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Aug. 28. 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.


Headship Selection Committee - Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences

Michael Adams’ term as head of the Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences will end on June 30, 2019. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the Department, and to assist Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris in the selection of a department head. Elected bargaining unit members from the department will form a majority of the full voting members of the selection committee. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and faculty from cognate units, for membership on the selection committee. Nominations are to be directed to the Associate Dean (Academic) School of Medicine (Chair), c/o Christine Irving, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, by Sept. 4, 2018. Nominations may be submitted either in writing or electronically to christine.irving@queensu.ca.

Headship Selection Committee - Department of Public Health Sciences

Duncan Hunter’s term as interim head of the Department of Public Health Sciences will end on June 30, 2019. 

In accordance with the terms of Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee will be formed to consider the present state and future prospects of the department, and to assist Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris in the selection of a department head. Elected bargaining unit members from the department will form a majority of the full voting members of the selection committee. Faculty, staff and students are also invited to nominate staff and students from the Department of Public Health Sciences and faculty from cognate units, for membership on the selection committee. Nominations are to be directed to Associate Dean (Academic) School of Medicine (Chair), c/o Christine Irving, Senior Staffing Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences, by Sept. 4, 2018. Nominations may be submitted either in writing or electronically to christine.irving@queensu.ca.

Headship Selection Committee - Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Ian Moore’s term as interim head of the Department of Civil Engineering ends Dec. 31, 2018.

In accordance with the Article 41 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University, a selection committee has been formed to assist Provost and Vice Principal (Academic) Tom Harris in the selection of a department head.  The membership of the committee is as follows: Elected faculty: Leon Boegman, Richard Brachman, Neil Hoult, Ryan Mulligan, Kevin Mumford. Appointed Members: Gregor Browning (Undergraduate student), Vanessa Di Battista (PhD candidate), Susan Palo (staff member), Keith Pilkey, Head, Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Non-Voting Member: James Reynolds, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies. Chair: Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Engineering and Applied Science. Recording Secretary: Jenica Walker, Staffing Officer, Engineering and Applied Science

Members of the university community are invited to comment on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Civil Engineering and to submit names of possible candidates for the headship to Dean Kevin J. Deluzio (Chair), c/o Ann Messenger (engadmin@queensu.ca) Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science by Sept. 14, 2018.  Letters will be reviewed by the selection committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Roshni Rainbow
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Start date: July 1, 2018

Muhammad Alam
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Start Date: July 1, 2018

Heidi-Lynn Ploeg
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Start Date: Sept. 1, 2018

Shideh Kabiri Ameri
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Start Date: Sept. 1, 2018

Amy Wu
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Start Date:  Jan. 1, 2019


Job Title: Coordinator, Facility Operations
Department: Department of Athletics and Recreation
Competition: J0518-1017
Successful Candidate: Gregory Simmons

Job Title: Research Project Manager
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0518-0318
Successful Candidate: Suelen Meira Goes

Job Title: Research Assistant
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0618-0192
Successful Candidate: Agnieska Fecica

Job Title: Cancer Research Monitor/Auditor
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J0518-0333
Successful Candidate: Greg Hicks

Job Title: Learning Strategies Advisor
Department: Department of Student Academic Success Services
Competition: J0518-0213
Successful Candidate: Lindsay Heggie

Job Title: Assistant, Technical Support Services
Department: Athletics and Recreation
Competition: J0618-0543
Successful Candidate: Clinton Adrid

Job Title: Research Analyst
Department: Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Competition: J0418-0209
Successful Candidate: Kim Nguyen

Job Title: Education and Outreach Officer
Department: Arthur B. McDonald Institute (Department of Physics)
Competition: J0618-0343
Successful Candidate: Mark Richardson

Job Title: Human Resources Administrator
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J1217-0466
Successful Candidate: Ruby Pettie (Human Resources)

Job Title: Academic Advisor & Assistant to the Undergraduate Chair
Department: Psychology
Competition: J0518-1202
Successful Candidate: Andrea Labelle (Arts and Science Faculty Office)

Job Title: Assistant, Volunteer Relations & Reunions
Department: Department of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
Competition: J0618-0334
Successful Candidate: Erin Skippon

Job Title: Assistant Coach, Rowing
Department: Department of Athletics and Recreation
Competition: J0618-0542
Successful Candidate: Katie Bruggeling

Job Title: Assistant Coach, Football - Recruiting
Department: Department of Athletics and Recreation
Competition: J0218-0664
Successful Candidate: Shomari Williams

Job Title: Prospect Research Analyst
Department: Department of Advancement Services, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0718-0165
Successful Candidate: Carlye Brash (Department of Advancement Services, Office of Advancement)

Job Title: Assistant, Volunteer Relations & Reunions
Department: Department of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, Office of Advancement
Competition: J0618-1041
Successful Candidate: Alexandra Fox

Job Title: Senior Personal Counsellor, Sexual Violence Support
Department: Department of Student Counselling Services
Competition: J0618-0407
Successful Candidate: Deborah Keogh (Department of Student Counselling Services)

Job Title: Assistant Event Coordinator
Department: Department of Event Services (Housing & Ancillary Services)
Competition: J0618-0073
Successful Candidate: Katelyn Lewers (Department of Event Services - Housing & Ancillary Services)

Job Title: Finance Manager
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0618-1077
Successful Candidate: Sharon David (School of Rehabilitation Therapy)

Job Title: Research Associate and Community Developer
Department: School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Competition: J0518-0320
Successful Candidate: Simone Parniak (The Centre for Social Impact)

Job Title: Executive Speechwriter/Communications Lead
Department: Office of the Principal
Competition: J0618-0124
Successful Candidate: Wanda Praamsma (Office of University Relations)

Job Title: Indigenous Access and Recruitment Coordinator
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: J0418-0135
Successful Candidate: Cortney Clark (Department of Engineering)

Law grad recognized for advancing reconciliation at Queen’s

[Bill Flanagan, Douglas Cardinal and Jason Mercredi]
Jason Mercredi (Law'18), right, displays his Dean’s Key while posing with Dean Bill Flanagan and honorary degree recipient Douglas Cardinal outside Grant Hall following the Faculty of Law convocation ceremony. (Photo by Greg Black)

For many years before pursuing a legal education, Jason Mercredi worked with several organizations dedicated to advancing Aboriginal rights. It was his involvement with Treaty 1-11 that familiarized him with treaty histories and law, and influenced him to study law in the first place.

“I wanted to be in a position where I could make ‘yeses’ happen for Indigenous people, and that’s why I chose to go to law school,” he says.   

During his three years at Queen’s the Mushkegowuk Cree from Winnipeg has honoured his heritage within the law school and the university, making “enormous and transformative contributions.” At this year’s convocation, he was awarded the Dean’s Key for best embodying the school’s community values, collegiality, professionalism and service.

As a Queen’s student, Mercredi volunteered with the university’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Task Force, worked collaboratively with Queen’s housing department to inspire a First Nations housing policy, helped implement more awareness and access to first-term and emergency bursaries, and he also gave guest presentations on Indigenous history. His work with the TRC Task Force culminated in a presentation of its final report and recommendations to the university community on March 21; a historical milestone commemorated with an event that day at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

“Jason has been a key leader in helping to shape the faculty’s and the university’s response to the TRC’s calls for action," says Dean Bill Flanagan. "Ever articulate, persistent and thoughtful, it has been a privilege to work closely with Jason over the past three years, and I look forward to his continued engagement with the law school as he launches what will no doubt be a remarkable legal career.”

“Jason worked extremely hard to help advance the goal of reconciliation by making positive changes at Queen’s,” adds Cherie Metcalf, who worked with Mercredi during her term as the Faculty of Law's associate dean (Academic) . “It was not easy work for Jason to constantly speak to Indigenous issues at the faculty and on campus. Jason dedicated a lot of his energy as a Queen’s Law student to work that was important to making the faculty a better place – not just for Indigenous students, but for all of us.”

Indeed, Mercredi’s time at Queen’s Law was replete with accomplishments. 

In the fall of 2015, he advocated for, and was elected to, the first seat on the Law Students’ Society (LSS) for an Aboriginal Student Representative – a position created to give a voice to First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives within the law school. He also was a voice on the LSS to endorse the Canadian Council of Law Deans’ response to the TRC calls to action, leading to the later creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Committee within the LSS. 

Moreover, he was instrumental in the drive to allocate an LSS surplus fund to the establishment of the Queen’s LSS Aboriginal Entrance Award, now an endowed fund in perpetuity to support Indigenous students coming to Queen’s Law. 

In his first year, Mercredi and fellow Indigenous student Ashley Pitcher (Law’17) created and continuously championed the Indigenous Law Students’ Alliance at Queen’s Law, now a strong student organization that will continue to be a force in the school. In 2016, he was elected as the law students’ representative on the Queen’s Senate. 

Mercredi organized and presented a number of Indigenous culture-based and issue-related workshops, including a panel on Legal Efforts of Reconciliation in March, and he played a strong role in the organization and execution of the Kawaskimhon Moot hosted at Queen's Law two years ago. In addition, he has been active in endorsing and encouraging the work of staff recruiting and supporting Indigenous students at Queen’s.

“More difficult to quantify is Jason Mercredi’s service to the school as a positive presence,” wrote one of his nominators for the Dean’s Key award. “Jason was never afraid to raise difficult questions or challenge issues, but always ultimately focused on finding solutions and paths forward. Queen’s Law is a better place for his having been here.”

Statement concerning the evolving situation for Saudi Arabian students

Queen’s offers Saudi Arabian students the support of the university community at this stressful and difficult time.

Recent diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia have resulted in the Saudi Arabian government’s order to all Saudi Arabian students on government-funded scholarships and medical education programs to leave Canada by the end of the summer.

The Queen’s community is saddened by this news, and offers our Saudi Arabian students the support of the university community at this stressful and difficult time. We truly value the contributions our international students bring to the university both academically and socially; our lives are all enriched by the opportunities we share to work and learn together.

As a leading academic and research institution in Canada, Queen’s University will provide what information and options it can to any Saudi Arabian student registered at the university that is impacted by this evolving situation, while respecting utmost the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  

Universities Canada continues to brief the Government of Canada on the human impact of the Saudi government’s decision and the toll on the talented Saudi Arabian students who have come to Canada for higher education, research and medical training opportunities.

Queen’s is working closely with our post-secondary education partners in the U15 and Universities Canada, who continue to work closely with the federal government in efforts to find a flexible path forward, and to identify optimal outcomes for affected students that will minimize the disruption in their studies or research programs. Options being discussed nationally include:

  • exploring online courses;
  • credit transfer arrangements with partner schools;
  • academic leave;
  • fast-tracking PhD defense and graduation dates; and,
  • other similar creative solutions.  

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is also preparing specific guidelines outlining different scenarios and recourses that will be available to students.

Queen’s has 79 Saudi students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, School of English, executive education, and postgraduate medical training programs, 56 of whom are sponsored by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The majority of the sponsored students are medical trainees who are providing patient care across 16 programs. The Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Queen’s are working to ensure there is no impact on patient care as a result of this issue and are supporting the trainees as additional information becomes available.

Queen’s has posted information about the situation on its website and will continue to ensure that services are provided to help those Saudi Arabian students who may need them. Students are reminded that this is a fluid and evolving situation; as things change we will update and share information on our website.

We all remain hopeful that a timely resolution can be achieved.

Tom Harris

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

Moving Move-In Day

As Queen’s prepares to welcome new students, there are a number of changes for students and the community to be aware of.

Saturday, Sept. 1 will be an exciting and busy day in Kingston, as over 4,500 first-year students move into their new homes in Queen’s University Residences. This is a change from previous years when move-in was Sunday. The change is designed to help accommodate the introduction of a new Fall Term Break for students.

How can I help Move-in 2018 be successful?

• Visit the Residence website to familiarize yourself with the plan for Move-in Day.

• In order to keep routes clear for Sept. 1, the roads around residence buildings will be closed during the evening of Aug. 31. Please keep this in mind if you are working an overnight shift that evening or are on campus for any other reason.

• Kingston Transit is providing a complimentary adult transit pass for all parking permit pass holders for Saturday, Sept. 1, as all campus parking lots will be in use that day for orientation. Please contact Donna Stover at stoverd@queensu.ca to request a pass by Wednesday, Aug. 29.

• Please be patient and try to assist lost students, supporters, or other guests who may be visiting campus for the first time.

Move-In Day is a big part of the transition to university life for incoming students. Over 95 percent of first-year students choose to live in residence, and the activities planned for Move-In Day help ensure a welcoming experience for students and their families and supports. To make these activities happen, hundreds of volunteers will be on hand to help with everything from providing directions, to helping to move luggage, to answering student and family questions.

Along with moving in their belongings, students participate in their first residence community meeting, eat dinner together, and take part in a welcome celebration with all first-year students.

With so many students arriving on campus and using the downtown streets around Queen’s, it is critical that the Move-In Day process is carefully coordinated. A working group of representatives from the university, the City of Kingston, and Kingston Police have been meeting for months to carefully plan out traffic flow, transit routes, and communications to all stakeholders. In keeping with previous years, there will be road closures, parking restrictions, and other traffic changes around campus leading up to and during Move-in Day.

“We are excited to welcome new and returning students to Queen’s and to Kingston,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We are working closely with our partners to make the residence move-in process as efficient as possible and to minimize any disruptions to the Kingston community.”

There have been some changes to the Orientation Week schedule to accommodate a two-day Fall Term Break in October. These changes stemmed from the recommendations of the Fall Term Break Task Force, which was formed by Senate and issued its final report in 2017.

Following Move-In Day on Saturday, Sept. 1, and University Orientation activities, including the Gaels football home opener on Sunday Sept. 2. Faculty orientation activities run Monday through Wednesday. Classes start on Thursday, Sept. 6, and orientation activities will continue with faculty events on Sept. 8, and campus events on Sunday, Sept. 9.

The new move-in date and the orientation week schedule have been communicated to students, city partners, campus neighbours, and the broader Kingston community.

For the most up-to-date information on Move-in Day, visit the Queen’s Residence website, and for information about orientation activities, visit the university’s Orientation website.

Move-In Day Logistics

In keeping with previous years, there will be road closures, parking restrictions, and other traffic changes around campus leading up to and during Move-in Day. These include:

Overnight Parking Restrictions (beginning at 6 pm on Friday, Aug. 31):

  • Albert Street between Union to King.
  • Stuart Street between University and Albert.
  • Collingwood Street between Union and King (local traffic only).

Roads scheduled for closure* at 7 am on Saturday, Sept. 1 include:
*Access will be available for residents. Street parking will not be permitted.

  • Arch Street at Union Street.
  • George Street at Stuart Street.
  • O’Kill Street at George Street.
  • Queen’s Crescent between Beverley Street and Collingwood.
  • Beverley Street between Union and King.

Streets designated one-way for Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • Albert Street, southbound between Queen’s Crescent and King Street.
  • Queen’s Crescent, westbound from Albert to Collingwood Street.
  • Bader Lane, westbound.
  • Stuart Street, westbound between University Avenue and Albert Street.
  • St. Lawrence Avenue, southbound from Stuart Street to King Street.
  • Collingwood Street, southbound from Union Street to King Street.
  • O'Kill Street, eastbound from George Street to Barrie Street.
  • University Ave, southbound from Union to Stuart Street.

Queen’s introduces two new privacy policies

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Policy and Policy on the Handling of Personal Health Information are now in place following approvals.

Queen University has introduced two new policies focused on access to information and the protection of personal and health information.

The policies – Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Policy and Policy on the Handling of Personal Health Informationwere recently approved by the Vice Principals’ Operations Committee (VPOC). 

Both policies apply to the whole Queen’s community and are a response to recent audit reviews that highlighted the need to clearly define the expectations and responsibilities of the university and its employees in providing access to information and protecting the privacy of personal information and personal health information the university collects and uses, explains Carolyn Heald, Director, University Records Management and Chief Privacy Officer.

As a public institution Queen’s must comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). FIPPA gives people a right to make an access to information request for university records, and requires the university to protect the privacy of the personal information it collects and uses. The Records Management and Privacy Office advises on the implications of access and privacy legislation and implements mechanisms to ensure compliance with the law.

“We collect a lot of personal information here at Queen’s, whether it’s for students, parents, or even summer campers, and we need to make sure that this information is protected appropriately as per the legislation,” Heald says.

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Policy aligns with FIPPA and sets out the expectations for the Queen’s community.

“This includes the university’s use of third-party providers – such as cloud service providers,” Heald says. “The policy addresses the need to ensure that personal information is handled in the appropriate way by providers, through contractual or other means.”

The Policy on the Handling of Personal Health Information focuses specifically on personal health information that is gathered by the university’s Health Information Custodians – Queen’s Family Health Team; Student Wellness Services; Athletic Therapy Services; Physical Therapy Clinic; Psychology Clinic; and the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) – that provide health care to the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

Once again, Queen’s must follow the requirements of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the new policy clearly defines the expectations and requirements for employees when dealing with personal health information.

The importance of protecting personal information has been highlighted internationally in the past year with a number of prominent breaches, as well as the use of social media platforms to create profiles of potential voters without their knowledge or consent.

“There has been so much more public awareness lately in terms of all the personal information we, as individuals, are giving out to private sector interests through apps and social media. I think the case involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has focused people’s attention and made them realize how much information is being collected for purposes that perhaps we don’t always know about, whether it’s for political profiling or adtech or whatnot,” Heald says “Societal expectations are shifting and we also see that in decisions the courts are making about people’s reasonable expectations of privacy.”

The European Union strengthened its privacy legislation in May with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The GDPR affects Queen’s to some extent and the new policies were developed with an eye to that legislation as well.

All Queen’s University policies are available on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

Breathing new life into Indigenous languages

Queen's University is working with a local Indigenous cultural organization and Indigenous leaders to help with language revitalization.

[Queen's Tyendinaga Indigenous languages Haudenosaunee]
Dakota Ireland, an Oneida representative, makes notes during one of the conference's discussion sessions. (Supplied Photo)

Queen’s and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Culture Centre played host to a historic meeting this week as six Indigenous nations met to help plan the future of their languages.

The three-day meeting and conference was part of a collaborative project between Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na and Queen’s, which began this spring and was funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Education Indigenous Languages Fund. Establishing this meeting and bringing together the Six Nations was a key milestone in the project’s overarching goals of developing community-specific plans for language revitalization.

“It’s a momentous event and a historical moment. It is the first time in our memories that members of all six language families are in one room talking about preserving our languages,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Director of Indigenous Initiatives.

The representatives of the six language families included learners, academics, policy makers, administrators, and teachers. The six language families of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, are the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. The word Rotinonhsyón:ni is the Mohawk word for Haudenosaunee, while Haudenosaunee is the agreed upon Iroquois Confederacy Council term.

The agenda for the conference included discussions around how to move language beyond the classroom and language legislation, building resources such as a teacher’s association and online resources, and opportunities for group discussions.

“Queen’s is proud to be a partner on this project, which is enabling the revitalization of all of the six Rotinonhsyón:ni languages and meeting the calls to action in the national and Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) reports,” says Gordon E. Smith, Vice-Dean (Faculty Relations) with the Faculty of Arts and Science. “We’re excited about the Rotinonhsyón:ni Language Cooperative meeting happening here at Queen’s, supporting Onkwehonwe/Rotinonhsyón:ni language family revitalization and uniting the work of these communities to share resources.”

The collaboration between Queen’s and Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na has already seen the creation of a certificate in Mohawk Language, which will be delivered in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory starting this month. Over the next two years, the project will also develop an indexed online archive of Mohawk language resources; and will research best practices for teaching, assessing, and evaluating Indigenous language learners.

“We have come to the table in the spirit of sharing,” says Callie Hill, Director of Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na. “We are sharing knowledge, experiences, and resources for language revitalization and we are encouraging and supporting each other in revitalizing our languages”.

Some next steps for Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na, the six Rotinonhsyón:ni/Haundenosaunee groups, and Queen’s include the formation of four working groups to continue this work, as well as additional conferences.

The conference was held as the world marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

[Queen's TTO Haudenosaunee Indigenous languages conference]
Representatives from across the Haudenosaunee nation gathered in Robert Sutherland Hall for a three-day conference centred on language revitalization. (Supplied Photo)


Leading reconciliation

A new group will begin meeting this fall to coordinate the university’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission task force report.

[Queen's TRC reconciliation Agnes]
In Spring 2018, an event was held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre to mark the one year anniversary of the Queen's Truth and Reconciliation Commission task force report. (Photo by Garrett Elliott) 

When the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission task force report was issued in spring 2017, the report noted that everyone has a role to play in fostering reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

But it can be a challenge to coordinate and harness the energy and goodwill of a community as large as Queen’s.

This is why Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Director of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, has announced the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable – a pan-university group designed to support the university’s reconciliation efforts.

“This group will serve as an important resource in fostering Indigeneity and reconciliation within our campus,” says Ms. Hill. “The roundtable will help us acknowledge our missteps, plan our next steps forward, and ultimately create a more welcoming environment for Indigenous Peoples at Queen’s.”

Under the guidance of Ms. Hill and Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion), the roundtable will meet quarterly to:

  • Assist the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and the deputy provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) in the coordination of Queen’s ongoing efforts to address the TRC calls to action;
  • Monitor the progress of the TRCTF implementation by reviewing faculty progress reports;
  • Encourage collaboration across faculties, schools, units, and all departments;
  • Identify initiatives that would benefit from additional funding; and
  • Report issues, inefficiencies, and-or inconsistencies in the TRCTF implementation efforts to the TRC Roundtable for follow-up.

The Truth and Reconciliation Roundtable will work hand-in-hand with Ms. Hill’s office, and with the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE), to achieve the unifying goal of creating a more inclusive campus community.

The group’s first meeting will be held this September. The inaugural membership and terms of reference can be found on the Provost's website.

Balancing research and sporting careers

Arriving at Queen’s through the Principal’s Development Fund for Visiting Scholars, engineering researcher Rossana Pasquino is also a member of the Italian national wheelchair fencing team.

Rossana Pasquino took up wheelchair fencing five years ago as a way to stay fit and as a distraction from the rigours of her academic work. She was introduced to the sport in 2015 by childhood friend, and top-ranked Italian epee fencer, Francesca Boscarelli.

[Rossana Pasquino is a world-class athlete in wheelchair fencing]
Rossana Pasquino, associate professor, researcher, and a member of the Italian national wheelchair fencing team, is spending part of the summer at Queen’s as a visiting scholar in the Department of Chemical Engineering. (University Communications)

“Francesca was training at a fencing club in Napoli at the time,” Dr. Pasquino says. “They had a wheelchair platform but no athletes. It ended up being a lot of fun because there were many athletes there who were not disabled but who would sit and fence with me. I started to just like it for recreation. Then, as my skills improved, I started to try different weapons and to compete.” 

Dr. Pasquino joined the Italian National Wheelchair Fencing Team after earning a bronze medal in the team sabre category at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Federation World Cup in Warsaw in 2017. She and her team went on to win silver in the IWAS World Championships in Rome later that year, and silver in epee and sabre in the Italian Championships earlier this year. She’s planning to compete in the European championships later in 2018 and is positioning herself now to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“It’s a lot of work to balance the sport with my career,” says Dr. Pasquino. “I only started to be very good at fencing in the last two years and it’s not possible to be competitive at such a high level as you get older, so I have about 10 years to go. It’s not easy to do everything and do everything well, but I’m going to do the best I can.”

And it’s an impressive career to balance.

Dr. Pasquino recently earned a spot as associate professor in chemical engineering at the Universita degli Studi de Napoli Federico II in Naples. She’ll be starting at that post in September. She met Queen’s engineering professor Jeffrey Giacomin in 2011 while he was teaching a short course on polymer processing in Crete, Greece. They had a meeting of academic minds, so Dr. Giacomin successfully nominated Dr. Pasquino to visit Queen’s this summer through the Principal's Development Fund for Visiting Scholars. She’s working with Queen’s researchers to better understand ways to characterize polymers.  

“The plan was to understand how polymers scatter laser light,” says Dr. Pasquino. “We can get insight into a materials’ molecular structure – if, for example, molecules are branched, form linear chains, rings, or other structures.”

It’s work that could help industry to better determine the physical properties of the polymers they use in manufacturing for the purposes of quality control or for selecting the best materials for any given job.

“We are also studying polymer degradation in parallel-disk geometry and we will probably end up with a scientific paper at the end of my visit,” she says.

To those who may find inspiration in Dr. Pasquino’s athletic and academic work, she has some advice:

“So much of life is about fear,” she says. “‘I don’t want to travel because something bad could happen,’ or ‘I don’t want to start engineering because maybe I’m not good enough,’ or ‘I don’t want to fence, or try a sport because I’m not competitive.’ You just have to try. There are barriers you have to overcome, otherwise you don’t do anything. That’s how it is in any life.”

Dr. Pasquino is scheduled to practice at the Kingston Fencing Club, 83 Terry Fox Dr. Unit 4, Kingston, Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm through August. 

Gaels football announces game day themes

With football season set to start, the Queen's Gaels plan to have some fun with their fans at Richardson Stadium.

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With the OUA football season just around the corner, the Queen's Gaels have introduced a number of game day themes. (University Communications)

With the Queen's Gaels football team ready to return to the field, Queen's Athletics is introducing a number of game day themes and enhancements for the 2018 season.

The exhibition season kicks off at home on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 4 pm when then Gaels take on the Waterloo Warriors at Richardson Stadium. The regular season home opener is set for Sunday, Sept. 2 for as the Gaels host the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Queen's students will once again receive free admission to all regular season games – simply arrive at the gate with your valid student card, swipe and enter. This special offer now includes Homecoming. Free student shuttle buses to Richardson Stadium from Tindall Field start 45 minutes before kickoff for all games. 

Also kids aged 12 and under will receive free admission to all exhibition and regular season games. New this year is the designated family zone in Section 103 and special family zone season ticket pricing for parents. On game day, families can find face painting and kid-friendly activities on the concourse behind Section 103. There will also be a special Kids Day on Saturday, Sept. 8 (details below).

During the upcoming season a number of theme days will be held for Gaels games being hosted at Richardson Stadium.

2018 Themes:
Saturday, Aug. 18, 4 pm vs. Waterloo 
Community Heroes (Service Member Appreciation)

  • Calling all Community Heroes – police, fire, paramedics and military members are eligible for a special ticket promotion. Fill out this form to receive your discount. To nominate a Community Hero to be recognised during the game for their service, email gaelsfootball@queensu.ca
  • Emergency response and military vehicles will be on site for kids to learn and explore.

Sunday, Sept. 2, 6:30 pm vs Laurier 
Home Opener, Tricolour Pride Night

  • Athletics and Recreation hosts “Kickoff the year with the Gaels” to welcome new and returning students to campus.
  • Queen’s staff and faculty are eligible for a special ticket promotion. Please fill out the following form to receive your discount.
  • Kicking off Queen's Orientation Week, the Tricolour Pride Night game will welcome all first-year students to Queen’s.
  • Inviting upper-year students who have returned to campus; new and returning graduate and professional students 
  • Wear Tricolour gear or pick something up at the Q-Shop at the ARC. Present your Sept 2 game day ticket and receive a 10 per cent discount at the Q-Shop (Aug. 26-Sept. 1).

Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 pm vs Toronto 
Kids Day

  • Queen's Athletics and Recreation is excited to partner with Kingston Boys and Girls Club for Kids Day.
  • Kids Day will feature a kid-friendly pre-game fan fest with inflatables, games, autographs, face painting and prizes. Kids can run through the Gaels tunnel onto the field after the game. This event is free with the purchase of an adult ticket to the game. 
  • We are pleased to welcome Kingston Special Olympics athletes and Motionball Marathon of Sport participants to this game.
  • Halftime will feature future football stars as local TIMFL youth football players will take the field.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 pm vs Western 
Blood Battle, Queen's Football Alumni Celebration  

  • Taking the Queen's-Western rivalry to the next level, the Queen's and Western football teams are participating in a “Blood Battle” to promote blood donations to Canadian Blood Services. Make an appointment at the Canadian Blood Services booth at our home games on Sept 2 or Sept. 8, to have your appointment go towards the Queen's Football count. The team with the most appointments will be crowned the 2018 Blood Battle champion on Saturday, Sept. 29.
  • Members of the Queen's Football 1963, 1968, 1978 and 1983 championship teams will be recognized on field during the pre-game ceremony. All Queen's Football alumni are invited to join the pre-game celebration and can register and purchase tickets to sit in the Queen's football alumni section.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 1 pm vs Ottawa
Homecoming, Think Pink

  • Queen's Athletics and Recreation is excited to partner with the AMS ReUnion Street Festival and the Canadian Cancer Society for Think Pink Day.
  • Varsity athletes and other Queen's student groups will be participating in the Kingston Run for the Cure on Sunday, Sept. 30.  Queen's University has been named the top fundraising postsecondary school the past six years , and once again requests the community’s support.
  • Grab your pink ribbon when you arrive and check out the Think Pink tent featuring exclusive Queen's Think Pink gear, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society and breast cancer research projects.  
  • Other events supporting the cause on game day include Men's Rugby and Men's Hockey. Details to be released soon.
  • This will be the final regular season home game for Queen’s graduating student-athletes. Student-athletes and their families will be recognized.
  • For details about Queen's Homecoming weekend are available on the Queen’s Alumni website.

Season, group and single-game tickets can be purchased on the Queen’s Gaels Box Office website.


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