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Queen’s prepares to welcome the Class of 2023

Months of preparation and collaboration have been leading up to Move-in Day on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Queen’s will soon be the site of an annual feat of coordination: the safe and well-organized move-in of 4,500 students into university residences. Move-in Day this year will be on Saturday, Aug. 31.  

While Move-In Day brings an influx of traffic to the campus each year, Queen’s works very closely with its community partners in the City of Kingston and the Kingston Police to ensure that there is minimal disturbance to nearby residents and businesses.

“Move-in Day is an exciting time of year at Queen’s. In the space of just a few hours, we welcome thousands of new students to our campus community. Thanks to our wonderful community partners, the whole process works smoothly and efficiently,” says Ann Tierney, Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “Queen’s is fully prepared to make the Class of 2023 feel at home, and we are excited for the start of the new academic year.”

In the months leading up to Move-in Day, representatives from Queen’s,  including Community Housing and Student Community Relations, and partners worked together to coordinate their efforts to ensure that all the details of the operation have been considered and planned for.

Queen’s Housing and Ancillary Services has gathered volunteers to manage the flow of traffic and direct students and families to their appropriate drop-off locations. They have also communicated extensively with the incoming students as well as their families and supports to try to keep everyone informed about the processes of the day.

The Kingston Police have arranged for road closures and parking restrictions in the area around the university while the City of Kingston has communicated with residents through a variety of channels to inform them of the increased volume of traffic.

Move-in Day is much more than an example of effective organization and collaboration. It also marks the exciting beginning of a new academic year.

Students in the Queen’s Class of 2023 will come to Kingston from across Canada and around the world. For this year’s incoming class, Queen’s received 47,236 applications for 4,644 spaces. This number of applications represents an 11 per cent increase from 2018.

After students settle in, Move-in Day quickly transitions to orientation. Last year, a number of changes were instituted for orientation to help make the experience safer and more inclusive for everyone.

When families and guests are finished helping students move in, they can attend information sessions on either main campus or west campus to learn how to support their student’s transition to university life.

For more information about Move-in Day hours of operation and driving directions please visit our move-in page.


Move-in Day Logistics

As in previous years, there will be road closures, parking restrictions, and other traffic changes around campus leading up to and during Move-in Day.


Overnight Parking Restrictions beginning at 6 pm on Friday, Aug. 30:

  • Albert Street between Union and King
  • Stuart Street between University and Albert
  • Collingwood Street between Union and King


Roads scheduled for closure* at 7 am on Saturday, Aug. 31 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 Street
  • Beverley Street between Union Street and King Street


Streets designated one-way for the day on Saturday, Aug. 31:

  • Albert Street, southbound between Queen’s Crescent and King Street
  • Queen’s Crescent, westbound from Albert Street 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
  • University Avenue, southbound from Union Street to Stuart Street

Mobilizing international academics

Program at Queen’s University welcomes scholars from around the world to work in collaboration with local researchers.

Top row left to right: Lévis Kahandukya Nyavanda, Nuworza Kugbey, Ryenchindorj Erkhembayar. Bottom row left to right: Phidelia Doegah, Munkhzaya Mandakh, Masauso Chirwa, Gantuya Dorj

Seven international scholars travelled to Canada this summer to participate in the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program and work with researchers based at Queen’s University. Hailing from Mongolia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Ghana the team is working to address factors that contribute to maternal and child health inequities among disadvantaged groups within the Kingston area.

Their work will result in new research dedicated to understanding barriers to accessing maternal and child health among equity-seeking groups; strategies for addressing these barriers; development of a network focused on equity, and improved research capacity and strengthened relationships in and across all partner institutions.

The aim of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is to mobilize a community of young global researchers through inter-cultural exchanges comprising international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences so they can bring those experiences back to their home countries.

Ryenchindorj Erkhembayar (l) and Lévis Kahandukya Nyavanda work together on a project.

“The program is very useful and for me as a lecturer and researcher,” says Munkzaya Mandakh, a PhD candidate from Mongolia. “First off, I have strengthened my command of the English language, then I have enhanced my knowledge studying in a developed country like Canada. For me it was the personalized approach of training and responsiveness of all staff to the needs of each trainee which I think are unique characteristics of Queen’s.”

At Queen’s, the QE Scholars are hosted by ARCH -  A Research Collaborative for Global Health Equity  which includes Queen’s professors Heather Aldersey, Eva Purkey, Colleen Davison, and Susan Bartels.

 “The QES project has presented amazing opportunities for collaboration with international partners,” Dr. Purkey says. “It has built my own research capabilities and allowed me to practice mentoring colleagues across cultures and geographic locations. It is my hope that this will produce ongoing partnerships not only with existing scholars, but with their institutions, as well as possibilities for further network development.”

The group has been working with the Street Health Centre in Kingston. The facility is a 365-days-a-year harm reduction health centre that specializes in providing accessible, responsive, health services to communities that are marginalized from mainstream healthcare services. 

Along with academic work (l to r) Phidelia Doegah, Nuworza Kugbey, Masauso Chirwa, Lévis Kahandukya Nyavanda enjoyed their first strawberry picking trip.

“Having QES scholars and mentors has been an amazing opportunity for Street Health Centre,” says Meredith MacKenzie, who works at the centre. “This has given us a chance to have resources to investigate some growing areas of practice that may influence policy and program development for clients in Kingston.”

Leaving at the end of August, the scholars have received a number of benefits from their time at Queen’s and in Kingston.

“Most importantly I have gained the knowledge of writing winnable grant proposals and the professional networks I have formed will definitely be very important for my career development,” says Masauso Chirwa, a scholar from Zambia. “I have received tremendous support from Queen’s, an ideal place for professional development through seminars and paper presentations. I’m the coordinator for postgraduate studies in my home country, thus, this will give me a platform to share the acquired knowledge not only with the academic staff but also postgraduate students.”

Learn more about the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program.

School of Computing set to celebrate 50th anniversary

  • Class of 1985 gathers on the steps of Goodwin Hall
    In what has become a School of Computing tradition the graduating Class of 1985 gathers on the steps of Goodwin Hall for a photo. (Supplied Photo)
  • School of Computing Class of 2015
    A full 30 years later, the Class of 2015 get together with staff and faculty for their graduating photo at Goodwin Hall. (Supplied Photo)
  • Big computers for School of Computing
    In this clip from a Faculty of Arts and Science newletter, a state-of the-art IBM System/360 Model 50 is shown. (Supplied Photo)
  • Creative Computing Showcase 2019
    A School of Computing student tries out a virtual reality setup during the 2019 Creative Computing Showcase held at the Biosciences Complex. (Photo by Doug Martin)

The School of Computing is marking 50 years at Queen’s University with a series of events, starting with the 50th anniversary celebration Aug. 16-18.

In preparing for the events, organizing committee members Wendy Powley and Sara Perosa sifted through the school’s photo archives. Often they found familiar faces looking back at them, many who still work here, teaching, doing research or keeping the school running. This continuity is a stark contrast to the world of computing which has seen massive changes over the past five decades – from machines that filled entire rooms to the ubiquity of handheld devices.

The result of that stability, however, has been a sense of community within the school, explains Powley, an assistant professor at the School of Computing.

“There are a lot of people who have spent their entire careers here in the School of Computing. That speaks to what a great environment we have in the school. It helps that Kingston is a great place to live as well,” she says. “Our sense of community is something we foster with our students. Queen’s, in general, has a great sense of community, but within the school we are family."

For Perosa, a School of Computing alumna and recent arrival as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator, exploring the history of the school and its people was a welcome exercise.

It was really good to see the sense of community here,” she says. “Everybody looked comfortable, like they were amongst friends.”

On Aug. 16-18, alumni, university administrators, current students and faculty and staff from the past and present are taking part in the 50th anniversary festivities to celebrate not only the past but to welcome the many new faculty and staff to the school as it embarks on what is certain to be an exciting second half-century.

The golden celebration begins on Friday, kicked off by a reception at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and a euchre tournament.  Friday afternoon euchre at the Grad Club has been a long-standing tradition at the school.

Saturday features a full day of events including brunch, a mix-and-mingle at the Grad Club, and the 50th Anniversary Cocktail Reception and Banquet at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, starting at 6 pm.

Sunday is open for attendees to explore the university and Kingston.

Already there are more than 100 registrations and there is room for more. To register go to the Queen’s Alumni website.

Several events are planned for the academic year, including a speaker series. The first event features Eli Blevis, the School of Computing’s first PhD student who is now Professor of Informatics in Human-Computer Interaction Design at Indiana University. Plans are also in the works for Homecoming while the anniversary will be incorporated into orientation for this year’s incoming students.

Find out more about the School of Computing.

Staff and faculty discount available for football Gaels opener

Queen’s staff and faculty receive $10 off any home opener ticket by using the discount code FB19QFACSTAFF at gogaelsgo.com/tickets.

The Gaels kick off the 2019 season at home when the Carleton Ravens visit Richardson Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., the first of two night games.

Aug. 25 is also Junior Gaels Day as the university welcomes members of the Junior Gaels fastpitch, football, hockey, soccer, and volleyball programs to the game. All Junior Gaels athletes and parents/guardians receive free admission to the game with their Junior Gaels membership card. Junior Gaels will be featured at halftime. 

Kids 12 and under are free.

Queen’s remembers Stephanie Deutsch

Stephanie Frances Deutsch

Members of the Queen’s community are remembering Stephanie Deutsch who died July 16, in her 102nd year.

Deutsch, the wife of former Queen’s Principal and Professor John Deutsch, was an active member of the Queen’s and Kingston communities, contributing much of her time to helping others. She was well known for her support of Queen’s students and her warm and kind interactions with them.

She was also a long-time, prominent member of the Queen’s Women’s Association and received a plaque for 25 years of volunteering at the Kingston General Hospital.

Deutsch loved art and music and played the piano at the grade 10 level in to her 90s, she was active in local book clubs, French groups, and enjoyed bridge, golf, and swimming.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2-4 pm at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, 961 King St. W.

Flags on campus will be lowered in her memory on that day.

Her obituary is available online.

August edition of Vitality! available

Read the August edition of Vitality!

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a regular newsletter called Vitality!

The newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented, which for this edition is “Surviving Abuse and Acts of Violence: An Ongoing Recovery Guide.”

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Ce fichier est disponible en francais.

Queen’s remembers Roxy Denniston-Stewart

Throughout her time at Queen’s Denniston-Stewart worked to ensure that students felt supported and encouraged.

The Queen’s community is remembering Roxy Denniston-Stewart, Student and Enrolment Services Manager at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England, who died Friday, Aug. 2.

[Roxy Denniston-Stewart]
Roxy Denniston-Stewart

“Roxy’s kind and generous character, combined with a deep commitment to serve the students she so loved, made her a cherished and invaluable member of the Queen’s family,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s. “She will be sorely missed. On behalf of the university, I extend my sincere condolences to her family and friends.”

Denniston-Stewart joined Queen’s in 2000 and served as Associate Dean, Student Services and Community Relations, helping to ensure students felt supported and encouraged, and she did much to foster an engaging, vibrant, and inclusive campus community.

In 2017, she joined the BISC where she and her team worked to provide seamless academic, student life, and enrolment services. During her time at the Castle, she quickly made a great difference in the lives of students and staff with her particular warmth and ability to connect with people.

“Thousands of students have benefitted from Roxy’s commitment to their success and well-being,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “She was a calm and respected leader at Queen’s and across the student affairs field. Colleagues would often turn to her for advice and guidance. We will miss her terribly.”

Celebration of Life
A celebration of life and reception for Roxy Denniston-Stewart will be held Friday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
Flags on campus will be lowered in her memory on the same date An obituary is available online.

Denniston-Stewart made many contributions to the student experience at Queen’s, including developing initiatives to advance experiential learning and work-integrated support structures, non-academic misconduct processes, health and wellness services, and residence life programming. Under her  leadership, Queen’s developed and launched the award-winning SeQure safety app for students, an example of her dedication to bringing real and practical solutions to tangibly improve their lives. She was also a great advocate for strong town-gown relations.

Before coming to Queen’s, Denniston-Stewart held positions at the University of Windsor, University of Guelph, and University of Waterloo.


Principal’s statement

Principal Patrick Deane shares statement on accident involving child at summer camp on July 31.

Yesterday afternoon, I was deeply concerned to learn a young child was struck by a car while returning from a Queen's camp outing at City Park. The child was immediately taken to hospital by ambulance and placed under the care of physicians for non-life threatening injuries.

I want to personally extend my deepest sympathy to our camper and the camper’s family.

At Queen’s, our top priority remains the safety and well-being of our campers and staff. I have directed the Provost to ensure this incident is fully reviewed. I have also directed all staff at Queen’s camps to immediately review their safety procedures.

I commend the actions of camp staff who acted quickly under very difficult circumstances. Counselling for any of those affected by this is being made available.

On behalf of the university, I want to convey our continued support for the family. 

– Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes August edition of Lifelines

Read the August edition of Lifelines.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The August edition is entitled Healthy Habits: Actions to recovery.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Ce fichier est disponible en francais.

Select ash trees scheduled for removal

Removed trees will be replaced in Fall 2019.

Physical Plant Services will begin removal of some ash trees on main campus next week. Those slated for removal are as follows:

  • One large ash tree on the west side of Gordon-Brockington Residence on Collingwood Street
  • One ash tree at the corner of Albert Street and Queen's Crescent
  • One ash tree located on the east side of Kingston Hall
  • Five ash trees at the corner of Division Street and Clergy Street near the entrance into Dupuis Hall

All of the trees being removed will be replaced this fall once weather is more favourable for tree planting.

Questions regarding the removal can be sent to Matthew Barrett, Grounds Manager, PPS.


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