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Teachings and tools for well-being

Faced with the mounting stresses of assignments, essays and mid-terms, a series at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre is reminding students to take good care of themselves. FDASC is hosting  a six-week well-being series that promotes physical and mental health through a series of workshops and activities.

The well-being series is being held at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. (University Communications)

Melanie Gray (Artsci’15), helped plan and organize the series.

“Me and a few others felt that there needed to be an accessible way for students (and staff) to find balance in their day-to-day lives in the academic setting,” she says. “We dabbled in the idea of just a traditional sharing circle which is a wonderful tool to share and learn from other people’s experiences but sometimes they leave out touching on what happens after the circle.”

They decided to base the series around the sharing circle, which is non-hierarchical, confidential and encourages people to actively listen to one another, while also including workshops, activities and presentations from guest speakers.

Each week’s session will focus on a different topic, activity and teaching, such as the feather medicine wheel; breathing, focus and meditation; and a session devoted to creating a vision board. The vision board session, as well as a number of others, will be facilitated by Betty Carr-Braint, Four Directions’ Elder-in-Residence.

“The vision board is about the students creating a visual expression of their intentions and about asking what they want to invite into their lives,” says Ms. Carr-Braint, who’s serving as the elder support to the series’ circles.

“We want to provide them with teachings they can take away and give them tools for well-being.”

The group’s first meeting had students introducing themselves to one another, learning the etiquette of taking part in a sharing circle and creating strings of wampum beads.

Making the wampum strings were a small example of what the series is all about.

“They’re a reminder to take care of yourself,” says Ms. Carr-Braint. “A reminder that, at the right time, can make a big difference.”

The series is held Tuesdays at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre from 5-7 pm. It is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and those interested in participating should contact Laura Maracle at laura.maracle@queensu.ca to register. 

Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Low

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of James Low, an emeritus professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

[James Low]
Professor Emeritus James Low

With over 100 published papers and book chapters, Dr. Low was recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology and the study of fetal asphyxia and brain damage. He also taught and mentored generations of physicians and surgeons.

Dr. Low’s extraordinary career of service included significant contributions to departmental administration. When he arrived in Kingston in 1965 to assume the position of professor, he also served as the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and chief of service at Kingston General Hospital. As the head of the department, a position he held until 1985, Dr. Low developed the research program and helped make the post-graduate residency program one of the most sought after in the country. Under Dr. Low's guidance, the department earned accoldades internationally for academic achievement in the areas of maternal/fetal medicine and urogynaecology.

Following his retirement, Dr. Low founded the Museum of Health Care at Kingston in 1991, the only institution in Canada dedicated to the history of health care. He served as its inaugural volunteer executive director until the end of 2012. He continued to volunteer with the museum as its advancement officer.

In July 2014, Dr. Low was named a member of the Order of Canada, the second highest honour of merit in Canada.  He was also an honorary life member of the University Council having received a Distinguished Service Award in 2007 in recognition of his 50 years of leadership and dedication to the university.

A private family service has taken place. A celebration of life will be held in his honor at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (130 Lakeview Ave., Kingston) at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Museum of Health Care at Kingston would be appreciated by the family (Ann Baillie Building, 32 George St., Kingston, Ont. K7L 2V7).

Terrace of dreams

The Stauffer Terrace is currently snow-covered and closed to the public, but that shouldn’t stop members of the university community from dreaming of what the space could look like in the future.

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The Queen's University Library is holding several consultation sessions in March to gather ideas for the future of the Stauffer Terrace, the outdoor space on the second floor of the library overlooking Union Street.

The Queen’s University Library is holding four sessions in early March where community members can share their suggestions for the redevelopment of the outdoor space on the second floor of the library overlooking Union Street adjacent to the Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room.

“An intriguing aspect of the Library and Archives Master Plan was the recommendation to convert unused or underused areas into study, social and event spaces,” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian. “Many people have undoubtedly looked at the Stauffer Terrace and imagined reading or studying in the open air. We want to capture as many of those ideas as possible as we embark on this redevelopment project.”

The sessions in March will allow participants to brainstorm freely about possibilities for the unique space on campus.

“The project is in its very early stages with scope and timeline still to be determined,” Ms. Whitehead says. “The upcoming sessions will open a dialogue with staff, faculty, students and other stakeholders that will continue throughout the process.”

The sessions will take place March 4 from 2-3 pm and 3-4 pm as well as March 6 from 10-11 am and 11 am-noon in the Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room. Participants are asked to register online

SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gaels advance after OT thriller

[Kelly Jackson]
Kelly Jackson scored the series-winning goal in overtime as the Queen's Gaels topped the Laurentian Voyageurs. (Photo by Max Materne)

The following is a roundup of the Queen's Gaels teams that were in action over the weekend:

Men’s Hockey

Kelly Jackson netted the overtime winner as the Queen's Gaels men's hockey team defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 2-1 Sunday night to take their series 2-1 and advance to the OUA East semifinals.

The Gaels dropped the first game of the series at home but were able to rebound with a pair of road victories in Sudbury 3-1 Friday and 2-1 in overtime on Sunday. The Gaels now face McGill in their OUA East semifinal series.

The Voyageurs opened the scoring in a tight-checking first period but Gaels captain Corey Bureau netted the equalizer in the second with Kris Grant and Jackson picking up assists. Queen's then clinched the series victory at the 3:06 mark of overtime as Jackson registered his second of the playoffs. 

Women’s Hockey

The No .5 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team wrapped up their OUA regular season Saturday night on the road, defeating the Windsor Lancers 5-2. With the win the Gaels clinched third place in the OUA and will start their playoffs against Laurier this week.

The Gaels picked up goals from Addi Halladay, Shawna Griffin (2), Nadia Larocca and Clare McKellar. Caitlyn Lahonen made 35 saves for the win.

The Gaels sit tied for third place in the OUA division as they finish the season with a 16-5-3 record. Queen's holds the tiebreaker with Toronto thanks to a 1-0-1 record this year against the Varsity Blues.

On Friday, the Gaels lost to the No. 3 Western Mustangs 4-1 with Halladay netting the lone marker for Queen’s.

Men’s Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels men’s volleyball team suffered a tough loss to the York Lions 3-1 to end their 2014-15 season on Sunday night at York University. Final set scores for the match finished 19-25, 25-22, 29-27 and 25-20.

On the night the Gaels were led by Mike Tomlinson, who finished with a team-high 18 kills and 22 points while Scott Brunet had five kills and five blocks.

Women’s Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels women’s volleyball team were outdone in straight sets 3-0 by the No. 3 Varsity Blues in Toronto on Saturday afternoon to finish their 2014-15 season. Set scores finished 25-12, 25-12, 25-17 in favour of Toronto.

The Varsity Blues were simply too much for the Gaels nearly doubling them in kills and finishing with nine more blocks. Queen's was led by Bret Hagarty who finished with 10 kills and 13 digs for the Gaels while libero Becky Wilson led the team with 21 digs.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (10-7) saw a slight halftime advantage slip away and lost 60-51 against the Ottawa Gee-Gees (11-5) on Saturday night at the ARC main gym in Kingston. Liz Boag and Abby Dixon led the Gaels with 11 points each while Emily Hazlett followed them with 10 points of her own. On the boards the Gaels had a big night from Robyn Pearson who grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Gaels honoured their three graduating players Boag, who hit the 1,000-point mark a night before, Gemma Bullard and Jenny Wright.

On Friday, the Gaels were 83-51 winners over the Carleton Ravens (7-9).

The Gaels will be on the road to Toronto on Feb. 20 when they take on the No. 7 Ryerson Rams.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-12) wrapped up their final regular season home game with a strong second half performance in their 91-81 loss against the No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees (16-1) Saturday at the ARC main gym.

Patrick Street led the Gaels with 22 points while Cy Samuels picked up a double-double performance with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Gaels had a big night from rookies Tanner Graham who scored 17 points and Sammy Ayisi who scored 10 points.

The Gaels honoured their graduating fifth-year athlete Greg Faulkner. Faulkner leads the Gaels with an average of 20.7 points a game ranking him sixth on the CIS charts. 

On Friday the Gaels tumbled to a tough 114-45 loss against the No. 1 Carleton Ravens (14-2).

The Gaels next play in Toronto on Friday when they face the No. 3 Ryerson Rams. 

Fundraising hockey tournament tops its goal

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A total of 85 players on seven teams helped raise nearly $40,000 for charities, including the Kingston Youth Shelter and Hockey Helps the Homeless. (Supplied Photo)

There’s nothing better to brighten up the dead of winter than a good hockey tournament – except perhaps a hockey tournament that raises close to $40,000 for a good cause.

Queen’s University students held their second annual tournament in support of Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) on Friday, Feb. 6 with seven teams taking to the ice at the Invista Centre. The event topped its fundraising goal of $35,000, bringing in a final total of $39,600. Groups benefitting from the event are PROkids Kingston, HHTH, and local outreach partner the Kingston Youth Shelter.

Parker Hickey (Sc’16), who is co-chair along with Marcus Threndyle (Artsci’16), initially approached HHTH with the idea of creating the first tournament at a university. Once he got the go-ahead he reached out to Mr. Threndyle, who quickly got on board.

“We both thought it was an exciting and unique opportunity to support a cause we believe is important through a sport we both love,” says Mr. Hickey. “From there we set up a committee of Queen’s students. All of the members have been hard working and essential to the success of this event.”

After a successful inaugural event last year with six teams, the tournament expanded to seven teams with a total of 85 players lacing up their skates. Each player also commits to raising a minimum of $250.

While the competition on the ice can be intense, the focus of the event, which also saw the support of 20 volunteers, remains on helping the homeless.

There are plans to expand further.

“Going forward, we hope to continue to grow our tournament as an annual fundraiser for local homeless-focussed charities,” says Mr. Threndyle. “Next year we will try to court involvement from students at St. Lawrence College and Royal Military College and hopefully get a girl’s tournament going as well.”

The funds going to the local shelter will help launch a transitional housing program for at-risk youth, says Mr. Threndyle.

Organizers also expanded the community support this year with key sponsorships from Ambassador Hotels and StarTek, a fundraising partnership with the Kingston Frontenacs, and saw the ice fees waived by the City of Kingston thanks to a motion passed by city council.

Queen's embarks on two-year accessibility audit

An accessibility audit of the university’s built environment will commence during reading week with a pilot audit of Stirling Hall and Jeffery Hall.

The pilot audit will test the data collection and reporting methodology before the first phase of the project begins in April 2015. Over a two-year period, the university will audit approximately 6-million square-feet of interior and exterior space in academic and administration buildings, libraries, student centres and any other buildings expected to undergo capital upgrades, updates or renovations.

Jeffery Hall (foreground) is one of two Queen's buildings selected for the pilot accessibility audit that will occur over reading week. Stirling Hall is the other building. Over the next two years, the university will audit approximately 6-million square feet of interior and exterior space in order to identify and remove barriers.

“The accessibility audit supports the university’s commitment to building a campus community that is inclusive for all individuals,” says Deputy Provost Laeeque Daneshmend. “The information gathered during the audit will allow the university to identify and remove barriers so that persons with disabilities can achieve success in their academic and employment endeavours.”

Overseen by Campus Planning and Development (CPD), the audit will evaluate Queen’s buildings for compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and several other provincial and municipal design standards and codes. The results of the audit will help CPD plan and prioritize repairs and upgrades that have the maximum benefit for students, faculty and staff.

To limit disturbances to students, staff and faculty members, the pilot accessibility audit will occur over reading week.  A team of two auditors will visit their assigned building. One auditor will identify barriers, note priorities and take measurements, while the second auditor will input the data using a mobile device. The two-year accessibility audit, which will begin after the pilot audit conducted during reading week, will also occur in a non-intrusive manner with the on-site investigation taking place primarily during student breaks or outside class hours.

Questions or concerns about the accessibility audit can be directed to Yvonne Holland, Campus Planning Manager, by email or ext. 33374.

University announces date for Homecoming 2015

Queen’s Homecoming 2015 will take place October 23-25. The university looks forward to welcoming alumni back to campus for a respectful celebration of the Queen’s spirit. Once again, the safety of all participating will be of paramount importance.

Alumni invited to return for Homecoming include those from classes ending in ‘0’ and ‘5’, as well as members of the Tricolour Guard, celebrating 50 or more years since graduation.

The weekend will feature, among other events, a football game against the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

The university will work closely with alumni, students and city partners to confirm programming and event details. More information will be released once those details are finalized.

Homecoming 2014 photo gallery

Looking to live and work in Kingston

  • Live and Work Kingston 2015
    Hundreds of Queen's students had the opportunity to interact with 90 exhibitors at the Live and Work Kingston fair at the ARC.
  • Live and Work Kingston 2015
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks with one of the exhibitors at the Live and Work Kingston fair at the ARC.
  • Live and Work Kingston 2015
    Principal Daniel Woolf, left, met up with Mayor Bryan Paterson, centre, and Glenn Vollebregt, President of St. Lawrence College.
  • Live and Work Kingston 2015
    Devon Abel (MSc'15) speaks with an exhibitor at the Live and Work Kingston fair at the Athletics and Recreation Centre on Tuesday.
  • Live and Work Kingston 2015
    A Queen's student gets some pointers from the resume clinic during the Live and Work Kingston fair at the ARC.

Students looking for job opportunities were able to access a wide range of local resources Tuesday as the Live and Work Kingston fair was held at the Athletics and Recreation Centre.

Hundreds of job-seeking students browsed and interacted with 90 exhibitors from various sectors such as industry, transportation, entertainment, military, community services and municipal government.

The fair is a partnership between Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and KEDCO and supported by the City of Kingston. This year’s event was the biggest ever.

“We’re seeing a lot of new employers this year. We’ve got a great range of small and larger business and community organizations,” says Ashley Johnson, Manager of Employer and Partner Relations, Queen's University Career Services. “When I talk to the employers here they are really interested in working with students and finding positions for students, and that is either paid internships or jobs or academic placements. So there is a quite a variety of things for students to do here.”

Students are interested in seeing what Kingston has to offer.

“I think it’s valuable. I love Kingston and I would love to work here,” says Devon Abel, MSc’15, who’s from Aurora, Ont. “To get the chance to see local places in Kingston is a great opportunity. I’ve enjoyed Kingston for my undergraduate and my masters and if I could stay and work here that would be amazing.”

She adds that she is looking for local full-time career opportunities in her field of rehabilitation sciences and that the job fair provides her with a lot of businesses to get in touch with.

That’s what organizers want to hear.

“We really work hard to make sure it is the premier event for students who are looking to work in Kingston to have that opportunity to speak directly with a large number of employers,” says Mr. Johnson.

Flags lowered for emeritus professor, staff member

Flags on campus are lowered in memory Peter Hennessy, an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Education, and Raymond Caird, a former staff member in Physical Plant Services.

After graduating with honours from Queen’s University (History and Political Economy) in 1948, Professor Hennessy taught for several years at various secondary schools. In 1958-59, he and his family lived in England where he completed the requirements for the Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

In 1968, he was one of the original appointments to the Faculty of Education. He served until his retirement in 1984. Professor Hennessy wrote many articles and books and was active in the John Howard Society and the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Kingston Penitentiary.

Cremation has taken place with interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bancroft. A memorial service is planned for April 3 with the details to be announced a later date. The family would like to suggest that donations be made to the Canadian Red Cross in lieu of flowers.

Mr. Caird worked in Physical Plant Services. A cremation has taken place according to Mr. Caird’s wishes. There will be a celebration of his life in the summer.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: Set for the playoffs

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Queen's Gaels goalie Caitlyn Lahonen uses a poke check to stop an attacker from the Waterloo Warriors during their game Sunday at the Memorial Centre in Kingston. (Photo by Robin Kasem)


Here's a quick look at the results of the Queen's Gaels teams that were in action over the weekend:

Women’s Hockey

The No. 4 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team (15-4-3) picked up a win and a loss on the weekend.

On Sunday, they couldn’t find the back of the net as they were shutout 2-0 by the Waterloo Warriors at the Memorial Centre. The Warriors netted the opener 14:05 into the first and added an empty-netter in the final minute of play despite being outshot 26-13.

On Saturday, the Gaels topped the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-1 with a pair of goals from Taryn Pilon while Shawna Griffin added an empty-netter.

Queen's currently holds fourth place in the OUA division with two games remaining on their schedule. They next play Friday night when they travel to London to battle the No. 3 Western Mustangs (16-1-3).

Men’s Hockey

Patrick McGillis knotted the score in the final minute of play and Spencer Abraham deposited the shootout-winner as the Queen’s Gaels men's hockey team (13-12-1) beat the UQTR Patriotes 4-3 Saturday night at the Memorial Centre.

Kelly Jackson also scored for the Gaels in the first period and Yannick Laflamme added another early in the second period. Final shots were 40-34 in favour of Queen's. Kevin Bailie was credited with the 31-save victory.

The Gaels finish the season in fifth place in the OUA East Division and now face Laurentian in the first round of the OUA East playoffs next week.

Men’s Volleyball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (12-8) finished their regular season with a split of their weekend games, ending up in fifth place.

On Saturday the Gaels hammered out a 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15 victory over Guelph (9-11) on the road thanks, in large part, to strong performances from Mike Tomlinson and Jamie Wright. Tomlinson finished with 19 points, nine digs and five blocks while Wright fed the attack with 46 assists while adding eight digs and an ace.

It was a different story for the Gaels on Friday, falling in straight sets to the No. 1 McMaster Marauders (18-1) 25-17, 25-22 25-17 in Hamilton. Markus Trence was the lone bright spot for the Gaels finishing with 16 points and a .400 attacking percentage in a losing effort.

Queen's will face the York Lions in the first round of the OUA playoffs in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Women's Volleyball

The Queen's Gaels women’s volleyball team (12-7) closed out their regular season with a weekend split, earning fourth place and will host Toronto in the first round of the playoffs.

On Saturday the Gaels fell to a tough five-set loss to the Guelph Gryphons (11-8) in Guelph 25-22, 28-30, 20-25, 25-13, 15-7. Ali Shamie finished with a season-high 46 assists for the Gaels while Brett Hagarty led the scoring with 21 points while adding 17 digs and three blocks.

On Friday the Gaels showcased their depth with an easy 3-0 road sweep of the No. 10 McMaster Marauders (14-4) 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17.
Katie Hagarty led the Gaels attack with 11.5 points while both Niki Slikboer and Caroline Livingston each added 10 points.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-10) tumbled Saturday to a 71-49 loss to the No. 4 McMaster Marauders (12-3).

Greg Faulkner led the Gaels with 17 points and seven rebounds while Patrick Street added 12 points and Sukhpreet Singh finished with nine points and five rebounds.

The Gaels now face a big weekend against the CIS leaders, hosting the No. 2 Carleton Ravens on Friday, Feb. 13 and the No. 1 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday, Feb. 14. Both games are scheduled for 8 pm in the ARC Main Gym.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (9-6) fell 74-45 to the No. 9 McMaster Marauders (11-4) on Saturday.

Gemma Bullard had a season-best performance, leading the Gaels with 11 points while Robyn Pearson led on the defensive front grabbing 12 rebounds. Liz Boag and Andrea Priamo both contributed seven points.

The Gaels will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 13 when they host Carleton at 6 pm in the ARC Main Gym.


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