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Fit Tip: Hit the Water

With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

Swimming offers something no other aerobic exercise does: the ability to do more for your workout with less impact on your body. When the body is submerged all the way to the neck, it automatically becomes 90 per cent lighter and you only have to bear 10 per cent of your own weight. This means that the pool provides an ideal place to work stiff muscles and sore joints, especially if you're overweight or suffer from arthritis. 

In addition to toning muscles like pectorals, triceps and quads, the aerobic aspect of swimming serves to strengthen the heart and can burn up to 680 calories per hour.

The Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) offers several options to make a splash in your workout with lane swims, private swim lessons, masters programs, adult stroke improvement, women’s only swim times and daily recreational swimming. 

For more information on our Aquatics Centre please visit gogaelsgo.com/aquatics.

Cut email clutter with new tool

Starting July 2015, Microsoft is enabling Clutter on Queen’s email accounts, a new feature designed to make users’ email life easier and more organized by de-cluttering their inbox.

Clutter filters Office 365 email similar to an anti-spam filter, organizing emails into a Clutter folder where they can be ignored or reviewed at a later time. Clutter will learn which messages are less important to users based on their email reading patterns.

Users can refine the organization process by marking specific emails as “clutter” or “not clutter." If users decide that this feature is not for them, they can simply turn it off at any time in their Office 365 Settings. 

For more information on Clutter, visit the ITS spotlight story. As Microsoft continues to roll out new features such as Clutter, ITS will notify users and information will be available on the ITS Microsoft Office features page.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Support Centre by calling 613-533-6666 during regular business hours or by filling out the online help form.



Student-produced show making an impact

With students and community members packed tightly into The Mansion on Princess Street, the Queen’s Players had their audience howling with laughter, singing at the top of their lungs, and dancing like nobody was watching.

[Queen's Players]
Last year, shows put on by Queen’s Players raised $16,480 for charities. The group’s roots date back to the early 1900s as the Queen’s Drama Guild. 

This was the scene on closing night of the summer show for Queen’s Players, as is the case during their three annual shows.

Founded in the early 1900s as the Queen’s Drama Guild before becoming Queen’s Players in the 1980s, the organization has continued to grow with its robust alumni network, and even includes Queen’s Players Toronto, a group of alum who continue to produce shows for charity and recipients of a Queen’s University Alumni Association Award this year.

“Players is a sketch-comedy, singing, dancing, and acting showcase where all proceeds are donated to various local and international charities,” says Lucas Chabot (Artsci’15), president of the organization. “The show itself uses a lot of humour that Queen’s students can relate to.”

Marketing and promotions director, Kayla Cayabyab (Artsci’15, Ed ’16), describes Players as an opportunity for students to get involved in theatre when they might not typically be able to within their various programs.

“We have many students participate from outside of the drama department,” she says. “It allows students to do something a little out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and have a chance to perform, all in the name of a good cause.”

A completely student run, directed, and produced group, Queen’s Players is the second-most-charitable organization based on campus, having raised $16,840 for charity through last year’s shows.

Though the show is often thought of as being more of a party, Lucas, Kayla, and Vice-President (Administration) Evelyn Popiel (Artsci’14, MSc’16), contend that the charity work is by far the most impactful and important part of the group’s mandate.

Queen's Players Charity Work]“The money goes into Kingston-based organizations, but also to groups based at Queen’s that we continue to fund, like the Q-JUMP program. A lot of the money is raised by Queen’s students, and so it’s important to us that we are able to put a significant amount of the proceeds back into initiatives run by Queen’s students,” Ms. Popiel says.

Mr. Chabot describes Queen’s Players as being a microcosm of Queen’s and the greater Kingston community, bringing students and residents from all different walks of life together to laugh and have a good time. He went on to describe how he has met many of his closest friends through the Queen’s Players experience.

“It’s important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously and are able to poke fun at our own experiences,” he adds.

According to Ms. Cayabyab, the organic nature of each and every show is a cornerstone of what makes the group so special. The cast, directing team, and producers write every line of the script, and the result is a production based in the present on things that the audience will recognize and can relate to. She describes the show as being reflective of how students are feeling about what’s happening at Queen’s and beyond.

Though very proud of everything Players has accomplished thus far, the organization is very excited for what lies ahead. Representative of the spirit of philanthropy and giving within the Queen’s student community, there are plans to further expand the impact of their contributions.

“One thing we really want to do this year is to take Players members to the organizations and groups that we’ve helped fund and interact with them, and really see what our contributions are doing”, Ms. Cayabyab says.

When students return in the fall, it will be time for Players to do what they do best and put together a new cast and crew for their fall show. Ms. Cayabyab has a message for students who are thinking about auditioning, but who might not think they have the technical skills.

“More than anything, when people are sitting on the panel during auditions, they are looking for people who have great energy, positivity, and charisma… We’re not looking for the next Tony Award winner – we’re looking for someone who’s going to bring something unique to the show.”

Learn more about how Queen’s Players is making a difference here

Energy audits resume July 6

Auditors from Honeywell will resume auditing a number of campus buildings on Monday, July 6 as part of a larger energy conservation project that is underway on campus.  This is the second phase where Honeywell is more closely looking at a smaller suite of energy conservation measures and doing more in-depth engineering analysis within selected buildings.  See the full story for more information.

The list below breaks out the types of audits being conducted in each building.  In some cases there is more than one audit type being conducted, so there may be different Honeywell teams coming on different days. The auditors will be wearing either identification badges or clothing with the Honeywell name as they move through each building. There should be no disruptions to the day-to-day activities in these buildings.

Lighting audits (access to all areas including private offices required):
Biosciences Complex / Earl Hall
Beamish-Munro Hall

Water audits (access to all washrooms required):
Old Medical Building
Theological Hall
Carruthers Hall
Kingston Hall
Ontario Hall
Grant Hall
Jackson Hall
Kathleen Ryan Hall
McLaughlin Hall
Clark Hall
Richardson Hall
Dunning Hall
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Stirling Hall
Fleming Hall Stuart Pollock
John Watson Hall
LaSalle Building
Humphrey Hall
Jeffery Hall
Rideau Building
Harrison-LeCaine Hall

Mechanical audits (access to mechanical rooms and roof only) 
Old Medical Building
McLaughlin Hall
Clark Hall
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Dupuis Hall
Goodwin Hall
Chernoff Hall

Anyone with questions about the energy audit or the Energy Matters project can contact Aaron Ball by email or at extension 33379.

Construction to begin on new bicycle storage facility

Construction of the university’s first secure bicycle storage facility is scheduled to begin this week. There may be intermittent noise disruptions as construction of this facility progresses in the courtyard area between Mackintosh-Corry Hall and Dunning Hall. See full story on this facility and bike registration initiative.

Any questions or concerns about this construction work should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by email.

Employees eager to enhance skills

For Sarah Mills, developing new professional skills involved going outside of her comfort zone.

[Sarah Mills]
Sarah Mills (middle) receives her certificate from Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), and Marie Doherty, Director, Client Services and Organizational Development and Learning.

“The workshop on presentation skills, which is part of the Administrative Professionals @ Queen’s Master Certificate program, actually scared me,” says Ms. Mills, a Human Resources customer service representative. “But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I felt better knowing that everyone was nervous. We all started in the same spot and ended up doing a wonderful job presenting.”

In addition to strengthening her administrative skills, the certificate program made it easier for Ms. Mills to make connections across the university.

“I met a lot of people through the workshops, and I have stayed in contact with quite a few,” says Ms. Mills, who joined Queen’s last year. “The certificate program allowed me to meet other individuals from different departments and start building that network. I believe that building strong network relations are an important part of the learning and development process, which are essential for personal growth and success.”

HR has designed its five certificate programs to help employees at different stages of their careers achieve their professional goals. Bonnie Fleming has worked in IT Support Services for 15 years. While she is currently employed as a front line receptionist, she hopes to eventually return to an administrative role.

[Bonnie Fleming]
Bonnie Fleming (middle) accepts her certificate from Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), and Marie Doherty, Director, Client Services and Organizational Development and Learning.

“I was looking for ways to advance myself and get back into the position I was previously in. I looked around to see what resources were out there. I found the Administrative Professionals @ Queen’s certificate and I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to develop more business skills.

“The skills I acquired helped me personally and also enhanced my ability to perform at the next level in my job, which has also benefited the unit as a whole,” she adds. “The certificate program encouraged me to step outside the box and take on new challenges.”

Ms. Fleming and the rest of this year’s certificate program graduates received their certificates at a special ceremony last week.

Quick Link
Visit the Human Resources learning catalogue to learn more about the certificate programs and other professional development opportunities.

Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), praised the participants for their dedication to the certificate programs. He also thanked managers and supervisors for encouraging staff members to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered by HR.

“The certificate programs help enrich the university and make it strong,” Mr. Orth says. “With more than 420 graduates of the certificate programs to date, staff members have access to a growing network of supportive colleagues.”

2015 Queen’s Certificate Program Graduates

Administrative Professionals @ Queen’s Certificate

Elizabeth Agostino
Liza Cote
Karen Dundass
Bonnie Fleming
Angelina Gencarelli
Nancy Hoogenraad
Allison Horwood
Tanya Hutchison
Susan Jarzylo
Crystal McCracken
Barb Quesnel
Martha Santos
Lindsay Smith
Claudia Trost
Lori-Ann VanderHorden
Robert Watering
Karen Zuliniak

Administrative Professionals @ Queen’s Master Certificate

Jennifer Bishop
Jill Christie
Meri Diamond
Cindy Fehr
Bobbi Kaiser
Krista Knight
Jan McGraa
Sarah Mills
Kate Minor
Jessica Montagner
Joan Sirtonski
Caroline Teske

Certificate in International Perspectives

Habiba Allidina
Kate Black
Amira Halabi
Darlene Homer
Donna Katinas
Megan McKever
Nicole Remillard

Certificate in Workplace Communications

Kathy Baer
Darlene Homer
Martha Santos
Frances Tan
Karen Zuliniak

From Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate

Kate Cowperthwaite
Jenny DeBruyn
Emily Johnston
Michelle Knapp-Hermer
Wendy Reid

Senate in brief

Highlights from the May 26 meeting of Senate.

Consent agenda

Senate received:

  • A report from the Senate Agenda and Summer Advisory Committee
  • A report from the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD)
  • A report from the Senate Committee on Academic Procedures (SCAP)
  • A report from the Senate Cyclical Program Review Committee (SCPRC)
  • A report from the Senate Educational Equity Committee (SEEC)
  • Reports from April and May from the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee (SGNC)
  • The April report and 2014-15 cases reviewed from the Senate Committee on Non-Academic Discipline (SONAD)
  • The research report
  • The advancement report

Principal’s report

Principal Daniel Woolf was unable to attend this meeting of Senate, but provided a written report and schedule highlights.

Provost’s update

In addition to his written report, Provost Alan Harrison provided Senate with the annual report of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Mental Health and the annual report of the Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts.

The Provost provided an oral update on Queen’s application and admissions numbers to date, noting that first choice applications to Queen’s were up by four per cent.

The Provost informed Senate that a draft Policy on Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities has been presented to the Policy Advisory Subcommittee and is posted on the policies webpage for community feedback.

The Provost also presented on the university’s 2015/16 operating budget.

Board of Trustees report

Rector Mike Young provided a report on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

Committee Motions and Reports

Senate approved:

  • A proposal to delete the three graduate fields in the Department of Classics and create two new graduate fields effective September 2015.
  • The name change of the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program to the Executive MBA Americas - A Partnership with Cornell, Queen's School of Business, effective July 1, 2015
  • Nominations as recommended SGNC
  • The definition of “faculty” for the purposes of Senate Committee applications, from SGNC
  • Changes to Senate's Rules of Procedure regarding the obligatory leave and removal of senators and Senate Committee members, from SGNC  

Senate received:

Reports of Faculties and Schools

Senate received an April and May report from the Graduate Studies Executive Council.

Familiar face to helm Faculty of Education

Queen’s University recently announced the appointment of Rebecca Luce-Kapler as Dean of the Faculty of Education for a five-year term effective July 1, 2015.

[Rebecca Luce-Kapler]
Rebecca Luce-Kapler will replace Stephen Elliott as the Dean of the Faculty of Education on July 1. (Submitted Photo) 

“We are pleased Rebecca has accepted the principal’s invitation to succeed outgoing dean Stephen Elliott. Her experience as interim dean during the first half of 2014 will serve her well,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “I should also like to thank Stephen Elliott for his many very significant contributions to the Faculty of Education.”

Dr. Luce-Kapler is currently Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Education, in which role she has led several important initiatives including the development and implementation of the online Professional Master of Education program.

After being awarded her doctorate by the University of Alberta, Dr. Luce-Kapler came to Queen’s in 1997 as a language and literacy scholar. During her time at Queen’s, she has taught secondary English methods courses and developed writing courses for both B.Ed. and graduate students. She has also taught English as an elementary/secondary school teacher in Alberta, and holds a permanent teaching certificate from that province, in addition to which she is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Her research interests focus on the integral role of literary practices, particularly writing, in the development of human consciousness and identity. This work has contributed to understanding the normative power of cultural forms and the importance of interpretive reading and writing practices for generative learning and teaching.

Dr. Luce-Kapler is also a poet with a number of literary publications, including a poetry collection, The gardens where she dreams.

Visit the Faculty of Education website to learn more about Dr. Luce-Kapler.

Queen’s Faculty of Education develops progressive, ethical, competent and thoughtful leaders in education through teaching, research and professional collaboration. The faculty strives to be a leader in the educational landscape, recognized for its commitment to teaching, international initiatives, innovative programs and influential research.

Breaking the silence

  • [Mary Deacon, Mary Walsh and Heather Stuart]
    Heather Stuart (right), the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, greets entertainer Mary Walsh (middle), the master of ceremonies, and Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Marthe Bernard]
    Marthe Bernard, known for playing the role of Tinny on CBC’s Republic of Doyle, is an advocate for mental health and anti-stigma and believes strongly that we should share our experiences with one another for better understanding. In February 2014, she lost her older brother, Louis, to suicide after his long battle with mental illness. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Bell Let's Talk and Queen's University hosted third annual mental health and anti-stigma lecture]
    The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was established at Queen’s in 2012 with a donation of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to the Queen’s Initiative Campaign. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Mary Walsh, Heather Stuart, Marthe Bernard]
    Mary Walsh introduces Heather Stuart and Marthe Bernard. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Audience]
    The Neptune Theatre in Halifax was packed on June 25 for the third annual Breaking the Silence lecture. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)
  • [Queen's Alumni Review on table at Bell Let's Talk lecture]
    On display at the lecture were copies of the Queen's Alumni Review. The latest edition focuses on mental health. (Photo by Michelle Doucette)

Bell Let’s Talk and Queen’s University hosted the third annual Breaking the Silence lecture on June 25 at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. The event aimed to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

This year’s lecture featured Heather Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Marthe Bernard, best known for her role on CBC’s Republic of Doyle. Entertainer Mary Walsh served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

The Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair was established at Queen’s in 2012 with a donation of $1 million from Bell Let’s Talk to the Queen’s Initiative Campaign – a university-wide campaign that began on May 1, 2006 and will culminate in 2016 with the 175th anniversary of the university.

Queen's plans PEC revitalization

The university has begun the planning for the renovation of the former physical education centre, with the intention of repurposing it as a hub for student health and wellness, student innovation and student learning in the heart of campus. 

[Physical Education Centre at night]
The university plans to renovate the former physical education centre to provide a hub for student health and wellness, student innovation and student learning in the heart of campus. (Photo courtesy of Augusto Morales) 

If the planning comes to fruition, the building will also become the home of a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, which will further enhance the faculty as one of the best in the country.

“The redeveloped building will be an enhancement to both the quality of our student experience and the quality of our research and educational facilities,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “When completed, it will be a prominent symbol of Queen’s commitments both to student life and learning and to advanced research.”

The building, located at 67 Union St., was decommissioned in 2009. In 2012, the three gyms in the building were renovated and reopened to provide increased recreational opportunities for students, and centralized exam space. A recent structural assessment of the building by an external consultant found that it is in excellent shape and, if renovated, could provide a considerable amount of additional space – up to 160,000 square feet – at a relatively low cost per square foot, compared to a newly constructed building.

“The building provides a wonderful opportunity to utilize and revitalize valuable space that is not currently being used,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Given the university’s current financial situation, strong support will be needed to fund the project, and we are hopeful that this use of existing space will allow us to realize our goals sooner than if we were to construct a new building.”

More information about the project will be made available as plans progress.  



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