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Nominations sought for student awards

Do you know an outstanding student? Consider nominating them for the EDI Impact Award, Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award or the Peer Leadership Award.

Recognizing Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity

Do you know students who are making a difference on our campus through their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI)? Student Affairs wants to recognize students or student groups whose work is making our campus a more inclusive environment. Nominate them now for the EDI Impact Award.

Nominate an outstanding student leader

Do you know students who are active in the community and/or who are amazing leaders on campus? Nominate them for the Brian Yealland Community Leadership Award or the Peer Leadership Award.

The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 3. The awards are presented and celebrated at a student recognition reception in March.

Queen’s remembers Dr. Brian Wherrett

 Professor emeritus and former head of paediatrics died Saturday, Jan. 4 at the age of 86.

The Queen’s community is remembering Dr. Brian Wherrett, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Health Sciences, who died Saturday, Jan. 4. He was 86.

Dr. Wherrett first arrived at Queen’s to study medicine and was a member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team, playing for two Intercollegiate Championship squads. He graduated in 1958 and completed a paediatric residency at Montreal Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at Boston University. Returning to Montreal in 1963, he became the director of the first Canadian children’s Home Care Program at the Montreal Children’s’ Hospital in 1964. 

In 1969 he returned to Queen’s joining the Department of Pediatrics. Developmental pediatrics was the focus of his career. He served as Head of Pediatrics from 1989 to 1997 and on retirement was granted the title Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Wherrett was known as a gentle and kind doctor, whose great skill as a pediatric specialist was matched by his thoughtful consideration for his young patients and their parents.

A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Wherrett’s life will take place at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Flags on campus will be lowered on that day.

An obituary is available online.

Nominations are being sought for the Margaret Hooey Governance Award

The nomination period for the Margaret Hooey Governance Award is currently open.

The award, established in 2018 by the estate of Margaret Hooey (LLD’02), the long-time secretary of Queen’s, recognizes a student enrolled in any degree program who has made an outstanding contribution to the good governance of the university through work with Senate or any committee of the Senate.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2020. Nominations can be submitted to the University Secretariat at senate@queensu.ca

During her more than 30 years at Queen’s, Margaret Hooey, was a valued adviser to four principals and their administrations, and a trusted mentor to students, staff, faculty and trustees. She played a key role in shaping Queen’s modern governances system and was an advocate for the unique form of student government. More than her role as an administrator, she was viewed by student leaders as a mentor and friend. For her contributions and dedication Dr. Hooey received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award (1992), the John Orr Award (1998), and an honorary doctorate (2002).

Application forms and further information are available on the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

Queen’s to launch memorial fund to honour Iranian plane crash victims

Faculty of Arts and Science student Amir Moradi among the 176 people (including 57 Canadians) who perished on Jan. 8 near Tehran.

Queen’s is joining universities across the country to honour victims of the Iran plane crash that left no survivors last week.

On Jan. 8, 176 people, including Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science student Amir Moradi, were killed when their plane was shot down near Tehran.

“This tragic loss was a blow to the academic community and to Canada,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “But, in this time of crisis, we are coming together to heal and cope.”

The plane crash had a tremendous impact on post-secondary institutions across Canada as many victims were university students, faculty members, and alumni. Queen’s is one of several universities launching funds in the victims’ memory. The Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide support to Iranian students in financial need. The university will match all donations up to $250,000.

“The Queen’s community continues to mourn the loss of Amir and all the victims of Flight PS752,” says Principal Deane. “By launching this memorial fund, we hope to honour the memory of a promising student. As we work to overcome our sadness and grief, this fund will enable us to create a legacy to help others.”

The Premier of Ontario also announced the creation of a special scholarship fund today in memory of each victim.

There has been an outpouring of grief on the Queen’s campus since the Jan. 8 crash. Flags on campus were lowered to commemorate all the lives lost, and the Queen’s Iranian Student Association and the Office of Faith and Spiritual Life held a vigil last week in McLaughlin Room that was attended by hundreds of people.

Those looking to donate to The Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship Fund can visit the Give to Queen’s website.

Passport to self-care

Residence Life hosts its first Wellness Night Market.

Wellness Night Market poster
The Wellness Night Market will feature tips from 13 groups across campus.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, Residence Life, a unit within Student Affairs, will be hosting its first Wellness Night Market in Ban Righ Hall. The drop-in event, which will be held between 5-9 pm, welcomes all Queen’s students living in residence to come and engage in a variety of activities focused on five areas of self-care: social, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Throughout the evening, students will travel to over 15 different booths run by 13 partner experts from across campus. These partners include Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, Health Promotions, Student Academic Success Services, Athletics & Recreation, Housing & Ancillary Services dietician, Queen’s University International Centre, and Faith & Spiritual Life.

In addition, the Queen’s chapter of Jack.org, the Queen’s Collage Club, and a student staff member from the Agnes Etherington Art Centre will be joining to run numerous games and creative projects.

Among the many interactive offerings, students will have the opportunity to pot their own succulent, make their own cedar scrub, and participate in a Q & A with a personal trainer.

At each station, students will have their market passports stamped, which can be turned in for prizes at the end of the evening. Prizes include a pair of Air Pod Pros, a spike ball set, and an introduction to personal training which was donated by Queen’s Athletics & Recreation.

The Wellness Market aims to teach students in residence about the importance of self-care, especially during the often-difficult transition into the winter semester.

“Housing & Ancillary Services is excited to offer this new initiative contributing to the university’s broader efforts within the Campus Wellness Project,” says Leah Wales, Executive Director of Housing and Ancillary Services. “The Wellness Night Market is an opportunity to educate students about the five areas of self-care and we are particularly pleased to have the enthusiastic support of numerous campus partners to help deliver this new program.”

The Wellness Night Market was informed by a Residence Life survey that was distributed among students last fall. The survey looked at what students struggled with in their first semester, as well as what prizes they would be interested in, to ensure the event is tailored to the needs of all participants.

Moment of silence for victims of Flight PS752

On Wednesday at 1 pm, universities across Canada will honour those lost in Jan. 8 plane crash

Canada’s universities will share a minute of silence at 1 pm EST on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in remembrance of all who died on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in Iran.

Amir Moradi vigil
Queen's student Amir Moradi was one of the 176 victims of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 in Iran. (University Communications)

One of the 176 lives lost was Amir Moradi, an undergraduate student at Queen’s. Many others on the flight had close connections to the Canadian post-secondary education sector as lecturers, professors, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

“It is important for us to take this moment to acknowledge the loss of family, friends, and colleagues and to reflect on how this tragic news has affected university communities across the country,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “I encourage all members of the Queen’s community to join together in this moment of silence.”

A vigil for Moradi and the other victims was held in the McLaughlin Room of the JDUC on Friday, Jan. 10.

The university offers a range of services for those in need of support.

Students are encouraged to contact QUIC at 613-533-2604, Faith and Spiritual Life at 613-533-2186, or Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. Empower Me provides 24/7 confidential counselling by phone and online, and a post-secondary student helpline called Good2Talk is also available for 24/7 confidential support at 1-866-925-5454.


Queen’s remembers John Crosbie

John Crosbie (Arts'53), seen here with his wife Jane and Peter Milliken, received an honorary degree from Queen's University in 2011. (Photo by Bernard Clark / Queen's University)

The Queen’s community is remembering alumnus and honorary degree recipient John Crosbie, who died Friday, Jan. 10. He was 88.

Dr. Crosbie had a lengthy and distinguished political career and served in several senior federal cabinet posts including Minister of Finance and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Born on Jan. 30, 1931 in St. John’s, Nfld., Crosbie arrived at Queen’s in 1949 and graduated with the university’s gold medal for politics in 1953. He then attended Dalhousie Law School and graduated in 1956 as a university medalist and was awarded the Viscount Bennett Scholarship by the Canadian Bar Association as the year’s outstanding law student, which led to further legal studies at the London School of Economics. In October 1957 he was called to the bar of Newfoundland.

After practicing law in St. John’s for a number of years, Dr. Crosbie moved into politics and served in the municipal and provincial governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1976 and remained a key member of the Progressive Conservatives under leaders Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney until 1993, when he decided not to run for re-election.

In 1994 he was appointed Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland and served in that position until 2008. He would then return to politics on Feb. 4, 2008, when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, a position he held until 2013.

In 2011, Dr. Crosbie returned to Queen’s when he was conferred an honorary degree (LLD).

Dr. Crosbie’s family connections to Queen’s are very strong. In 1952, at the beginning of his final year at Queen’s, he married his wife Jane. His sons, Chesley and Michael, and daughter, Beth, are all Queen’s alumni as well. The family tradition continued, with a granddaughter graduating from Queen’s in 2009.

A funeral service will be held in St. John's on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 2 pm. 

Senate committee vacancies posted

The University Secretariat is inviting all faculty, staff, and students to put their names forward for membership on Senate committees.  Senate is Queen’s highest academic governing body and its committees deal with issues related to academic programs and their review, educational equity, residences, student aid, the library, and research.

All current vacancies are listed on the vacancies page.  The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.

  • Committee terms are usually two years, with the number of meetings per year depending on the particular committee's area of responsibility.
  • Most terms will start Sept. 1, 2020, but any exceptions are listed next to the committee name on the vacancies page.
  • Note that Individuals holding an appointment at the level of Associate Dean, or equivalent, and above (e.g., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Principal, Associate Vice-Principal, Dean, Vice-Dean, University Librarian, Associate University Librarian, University Archivist, Associate University Archivist) are not eligible to serve as a faculty senator or as a faculty member on a Senate committee.

Senate committees discuss issues of broad interest to the academic community and make recommendations on policy and practice that are essential to the university's operations and evolution.  Committee work allows you to directly affect the way Queen's functions as a teaching and research institution, and as a community of scholars, students, and staff.

Please contact senate@queensu.ca if you have any questions.

The Queen’s community mourns

Hundreds attend the vigil to remember student Amir Moradi and the other 175 people killed in the plane crash in Iran

  • Amir Moradi vigil
    Amir Moradi, a student in the Faculty of Arts and Science, died in the plane crash in Iran on Wednesday, Jan. 8. (Communications Staff)
  • Amir Moradi Vigil Iranian Student Association
    Members of the Queen's Iranian Student Association speak about the grief felt in the wake of the plane crash in Iran that claimed 176 lives. (Communications Staff)
  • Amir Moradi Vigil - McLaughlin Room
    Hundreds of Queen's community members fill McLaughlin Room in the JDUC to remember student Amir Moradi and the victims of the plane crash in Iran. (Communications Staff)
  • Amir Moradi Vigil
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane speaks with the Queen's community members waiting in the Robert Sutherland Room. (Communications Staff)
  • Amir Moradi Vigil - Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane talks about the impact of the loss of Queen's student Amir Moradi and the other victims. (Communications Staff)

Members of the Queen’s community gathered to remember the victims of Wednesday’s crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran, including Amir Moradi, a student in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The vigil, hosted by the Queen’s Iranian Student Association and the Office of Faith and Spiritual Life,  was held in McLaughlin Room at the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) and brought together students, faculty, staff, and administration members including Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane.

Hundreds of people left messages of condolence after listening to heartfelt words from members of the Iranian Student Association, friends of Moradi, and his cousin. Principal Deane spoke about how the tragedy has had a powerful impact not only at Queen’s but across the Canadian post-secondary sector as well.

Students in need of support are encouraged to contact QUIC at 613-533-2604, Faith and Spiritual Life at 613-533-2186, or Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. Empower Me provides 24/7 confidential counselling by phone and online, and a post-secondary student helpline called Good2Talk is also available for 24/7 confidential support at 1-866-925-5454.

Campus community reminded to prepare for weekend weather

Weather could see 50 mm of rainfall, freezing rain and high winds; Icy conditions and flooding are possible.

A major weather event is expected in Ontario this weekend. Queen’s has been monitoring the weather models as the event comes closer.  The current prediction for the Kingston region is that most of the precipitation will be (significant) rainfall.  There is the potential for changeover to freezing rain Saturday evening along with high winds which may continue until Sunday morning.  Environment Canada indicates that areas close to Lake Ontario may not see the transition from rain to freezing rain but there is still uncertainty on amounts and location of freezing rain.

Queen’s Physical Plant Services has made preparations to ensure campus roads and walkways will be salted and maintained. Pedestrians are encouraged to use caution walking on campus as some areas may be flooded or icy.

Due to the anticipated rainfall, plans have been made to mitigate flooding on campus in areas known to be problematic. You can assist by reporting any dripping, pooling or flooding water immediately to Physical Plant Services (Fixit) at 613-533-6757 or by email at fixit@queensu.ca



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