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Speaking the world’s language

Campus has gotten a little more multicultural since the creation of the World Languages Club this January.

Daniel Hu and the World Languages Club want to make campus more multilingual. (University Communications)

Aimed at people who want to speak new languages and learn about world cultures, the club holds language- and culture-themed nights out of the Queen’s University International Centre. They’re hoping to spark greater interest in cross-cultural sharing and learning.

“Language is such a big thing that connects and it’s not given enough focus in our predominantly English-speaking environment,” says Daniel Hu (ArtSci ’15), the club’s president. “We want to encourage a campus culture of multilingualism.”

Leading by example, Mr. Hu, who is also chair of the Department of Literatures, Languages and Cultures’ student council, is fluent in or working on learning five different languages.

Though there are a number of smaller language clubs around campus, Mr. Hu says they struggle to maintain consistent membership and interest, something he hopes the World Languages Club can fix. Its plan is to have chapters within the club that run events about a given language or culture, such as an Oktoberfest for German and the Lunar New Year for Chinese. That way, events will be more regular, structured and the club can retain more members.

In order to make sure the events are accessible for all skill levels among speakers, they’ll utilize a rotation system. The system groups together those with similar skills and has more proficient speakers deliver lessons to those who need them.

“We would really like to build a membership that is not restricted to language concentrators and international students,” says Mr. Hu. “We want to make this opportunity available to wider Queen’s community.”

Along with culture-specific nights, the club will also hold multilingual events celebrating international exchange and the benefits of multilingualism. Complementing all events will be a spread of food related to their culture, either provided by the club or assembled by potluck.

“This is a great venue for students to get together, discuss what they’ve learned and even practice their foreign language skills,” says Dr. Donato Santeramo, Head, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The department will be assisting and liaising with the club as it continues to grow.

More information can be found at the club’s webpage.

Flags lowered for professor emeritus, long-time supporter

Flags on campus currently lowered for Geoff Lockwood will remain lowered to honour Professor Emeritus Ronald G. Weisman and Lawson Bruce Cronk, a former member of University Council.

Dr. Weisman completed his undergraduate and PhD degrees at Michigan State University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California from 1965-66. In 1966, he joined the Department of Psychology at Queen’s. Later, he obtained a cross-appointment to the Department of Biology.

Dr. Weisman was fond of saying that he worked at Queen’s “as both man and boy.” Following approximately 35 years of service, he retired from Queen’s as professor emeritus but his prolific research career continued up to a few short months before his death. His research interests included animal learning, comparative cognition and evolutionary biology. Dr. Weisman was cofounder of the Conference on Comparative Cognition and cofounder and co-editor of its electronic journal, Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews.

Dr. Weisman’s memorial celebration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2-4 pm at the Kingston Yacht Club (1 Maitland St.) His family invites people to post on Facebook or email condolences, stories, anecdotes, one-liners, pictures and moments that celebrate his life. Anyone wishing to become a friend of Dr. Weisman’s on Facebook, so they may post a message about him, can send a friend request and Mitchell Weisman will accept and update those requests on a regular basis. 

Memorial donation suggestions include OXFAM Canada, NPR and PBS.

Dr. Cronk possessed remarkable affection for Queen's

Dr. Cronk, Meds’47, built an illustrious career in medicine after graduating from Queen’s. He was fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. During his practicing career he was chief of medicine and president of the medical staff of Belleville General Hospital on recurring occasions, and a consultant to the Picton, Trenton, Campbellford, and Cobourg hospitals, as well as the CFB Trenton base hospital. He was involved in numerous community service projects during his lifetime. 

A cornerstone of Dr. Cronk’s philosophy was his tremendous dedication to education and its institutions generally, and medicine in particular. His remarkable support and affection for Queen’s spanned his adult life. He was permanent president of the Class of Meds’47, graduating with the gold medal in surgery; the W.W. Near and Susan Near Prize for the second highest standing throughout his medical degree program; and the Hanna Washborn Colson Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Diagnosis in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. He was president of the Queen’s Aesculapian Society (the undergraduate body of the School of Medicine), and a member of the Queen’s Alma Mater Society executive. He was recipient of the Queen’s Tricolour Society Award and played three seasons with the Golden Gaels football team.

He was a faculty member in the School of Medicine as a clinical assistant, then lecturer, then assistant professor, from 1953 until his retirement in 1988. He was a life member of the Queen’s Grant Hall Society and a member of Queen’s University Council. In 2013, Queen’s established the Dr. Bruce Cronk Distinguished Lecture Series in his honour. This endowed annual event is designed to host eminent scholars involved with all areas of medicine. 

Visitation will be held at the John R. Bush Funeral Home (80 Highland Ave., Belleville, Ont.) on Friday, March 6 from 1-7 pm. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Bridge Street United Church (60 Bridge St. East, Belleville, Ont.) on Saturday, March 7 at 2 pm with Rev. David Mundy officiating. It was Dr. Cronk’s wish that any donations in his memory be made to Bridge Street United Church, Doctors Without Borders or the charity of your choice. 

Artful reveal

  • [Jan Allen, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre]
    Jan Allen, Director, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, spoke to a full house at the season launch. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Marla Dobson explains her exhibition]
    Marla Dobson (second from right) curated The Park and the Forest under the supervision of Alicia Boutilier as part of a practicum course in the graduate program of the Department of Art History and Art. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Charles Stankievech]
    Artist Charles Stankievech in his exhibition Monument as Ruin. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • [Stephanie Dickey]
    Stephanie Dickey (Art History), Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, introduced Artists in Amsterdam. (Photo by Tim Forbes)

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s unveiled its new exhibitions during a season launch event last week. Several hundred patrons explored the exhibitions and met artist Charles Stankievech, whose works are featured in Monument as Ruin, a probing examination of 20th-century military forms and the ways they’ve shaped spaces of conflict. Mr. Stankievech also participated in a panel discussion with David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, on Jan. 14 that filled the atrium of the Agnes.

Other shows featured this winter include The Park and the Forest – an exhibition of watercolours and sketches by British-born artists who received artistic training in England and worked in Canada during the 19th century – and Artists in Amsterdam – a new exhibition drawn from The Bader Collection that offers insight into the flowering of a distinctive school of art in 17th-century Amsterdam. The Agnes has also created a new display in the Etherington House focused on Sir John A. Macdonald.   

Premier Wynne meets with students at alma mater

  • [Premier Wynne Visit]
    Premier Kathleen Wynne is greeted by Chancellor Jim Leech, Provost Alan Harrison and AMS President Allison Williams as she arrives at Queen's University.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to a group of students at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre after arriving at Queen's University on Monday.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne visited her alma mater Queen's University on Monday, including a stop at Chown Hall, where she once worked as a proctor.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne arrives at Ban Righ Hall along with Chancellor Jim Leech, Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala, and AMS president Allison Williams.
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    Premier Kathleen Wynne took time to speak with students on Monday afternoon as she visited Ban Righ Hall at Queen's Univeristy.
  • [Premier Wynne Visit]
    Premier Kathleen Wynne took time to speak with students as she visited Ban Righ Hall at Queen's Univeristy on Monday afternoon.

Premier Kathleen Wynne got a close-up look at her alma mater Queen’s University on Monday, the final stop on her 10-day tour of Ontario colleges and universities.

Premier Wynne (Artsci’77) started her tour of Queen’s at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, where she sat down with a group of students.

The premier then made her way to Chown Hall where she worked as a residence proctor during her time at the university. She toured one of the floors and met with a group of dons.

Next up was a visit to Ban Righ Hall, where students were having lunch. Premier Wynne spoke with a number of students and even took some time for a few selfies, including one student who said he wanted to one-up his brother who recently posted an image with Toronto mayor John Tory.

As she exited the dining hall the premier met with the Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team who presented her with a personalized sweater.

Premier Wynne wrapped up her tour with a special lecture at Queen’s School of Business, speaking on her journey from the classrooms of Queen’s to the pinnacle of power at Queen’s Park.

The focus of the schools tour was for the premier to engage with students themselves, something she was able to do at Queen’s.

“Having the discussion with the students was fantastic,” she says. “I really like hearing what’s right on the top of people’s minds and what they’re most concerned about.”

- With files from Andrew Stokes

Creating connections

On a Thursday in early December, several high school students step out the back door of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (FDASC). They stand in boot-deep snow and listen attentively as Dustin Kanonhsowanen Brant shows them how to sand the handle of the cow horn rattle they are creating.

Dustin Kanonhsowanen Brant demonstrates for high school students the technique for sanding a piece of wood into a handle for a cow horn rattle. The activty was part of the weekly after-school leadership program hosted by Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.  

The eager high school students are taking part in the Aboriginal Youth Leadership program, one of several outreach programs FDASC is spearheading.

FDASC invited students from Grades 8-12 to join the weekly after-school leadership program. The goal is to give high school students a safe space where they can interact with positive role models including Aboriginal Queen’s students, while they develop leadership skills.

“We really want to promote healthy relationships in a culturally relevant setting,” says Ashley Maracle, Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison, FDASC. “The program also helps fill a gap that was created after Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre closed. We are trying to offer positive and engaging programming for Indigenous students in the city.”

In addition to participating in a variety of different activities each week, the students worked to make a difference. Throughout the fall, they conducted a fundraiser to support the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in northern Ontario. The students collected food, clothing and funds that will be sent to the northern community this winter.

"We want Indigenous students in the city to feel that Four Directions is a home for them and a safe space even when they’re in high school." 

— Ashley Maracle, Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison

The recruitment aspect of Ms. Maracle’s job requires her to spend a lot of her time on the road. While she visits Aboriginal communities throughout Ontario to extol the virtues of Queen’s and post-secondary education, she doesn’t want to ignore Aboriginal students in Kingston and the surrounding area.

“We are trying to build relationships with the Indigenous community living here in Kingston and pull in those students earlier,” she says. “We want them to feel that Four Directions is a home for them and a safe space even when they’re in high school. We believe they are more likely to apply to Queen’s knowing that Four Directions is here for them.”

Another component of FDASC’s outreach efforts is a partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario to offer physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs for Aboriginal youth and adults across the city. Students can attend after-school programs on Tuesdays while families can gather on Wednesday nights and play different games each week.

FDASC also established a new mentorship program with the Katarokwi Aboriginal Alternative School in Kingston. The one-on-one mentorship program sees Queen’s students travel to Katarokwi Aboriginal Alternative School each week and work with the students as they strive to achieve a personal or academic goal they have set for themselves.

“The programs are a great way for Queen’s students to engage with the Aboriginal community on a weekly basis,” Ms. Maracle adds. “All of the outreach programs give Queen’s students the opportunity to build a positive relationship with the Indigenous community here in the city, while promoting leadership skills for students engaged.”

For more information about the outreach programs, contact Ms. Maracle via email or at ext. 77986.

Momentum building for 175th anniversary

Planning for Queen’s University’s 175th anniversary in 2016-17 is shifting into a higher gear.

The 175th anniversary executive committee is in the process of identifying events, activities and initiatives that will occur or be created for 2016-17 that could be enhanced or co-branded to coincide with the anniversary.

“Through our ongoing meetings with units and faculties across the university, we are developing a network of enthusiastic contacts who are assisting us in the planning process,” says David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen’s 175th Anniversary in 2016-17. “For example, whether at the Agnes or the Isabel, in the Faculty of Law or at Four Directions, with the City of Kingston or our many alumni branches, we are identifying and will promote a comprehensive and diverse mosaic of activities to properly reflect this important milestone year.”

[David Walker]
David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen's 175th Anniversary in 2016-17, has dedicated a great deal of his time developing a network to assist in the planning process. 

Dr. Walker, former dean of Health Sciences, and the executive committee have been mindful of the objectives of the 175th anniversary celebration, which were developed with significant input from the advisory committee chaired by the Hon. Peter Milliken. The goals of the 175th anniversary include:

  • Celebrating Queen’s unique legacy, contributions and role at the national and international levels and raising the profile of the university
  • Contributing to the future vision for the university
  • Enhancing and strengthening relationships with the City of Kingston and constituent stakeholders, including alumni
  • Promoting and celebrating the close of the Initiative Campaign.

In the coming months, the executive committee will share a preliminary view of the significant range of anniversary events and activities, including “175 Queen’s Moments,” an exciting initiative spearheaded by Mike Blair (Sc’17), 175th Co-Ordinator.

The executive committee launched a Queen’s 175th anniversary website in the fall to share information and updates. The website will develop into a more robust communications vehicle in 2015.

Advice and ideas are welcome by sending an email to qu175@queensu.ca

Raising community, holiday spirit through sing-a-long

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    Members of the Queen's University and Kingston community take part in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long on Friday at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • [Messiah Sing-a-Long 2014]
    Darrell Bryan, adjunct lecturer with the Queen’s School of Music, performs in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
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    Gordon Craig, adjunct assistant professor at the Queen’s School of Music, leads the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
  • [Messiah Sing-a-Long 2014]
    Students from the Queen’s School of Music participate in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.
  • [Messiah Sing-a-Long 2014]
    Students from the Queen’s School of Music participate in the annual Messiah Sing-a-Long.

The Queen’s School of Music’s Messiah Sing-a-Long, a holiday-season tradition at Queen’s University, was held for the first time at the recently-opened Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Nov. 28.

Queen’s and Kingston community members turned out in the lobby area to listen to and take part in George Frideric Handel’s choral masterpiece.

Impressive incunabula

Queen’s Library has mounted Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing. The exhibit features material from the Library collection and two works owned by Principal Daniel Woolf, whose research interests include the global history of historical writing. Mark Kerr, Senior Communications Officer, sat down with Principal Woolf to discuss his incunabula and the other books in his collection. 

  • [Incunabula]
    Featured in the exhibit is a leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle printed by Hartmann Schedel in 1493, on loan from the private collection of Principal Daniel Woolf.
  • [Incunabula]
    Students, staff and faculty attended the opening of Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing, on Monday, Nov.10.
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    Some of the pieces in the exhibit feature "marginalia," or notes from readers found in the margins of the texts.
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    Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing is on display at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library through Dec. 1.

MK: What is the significance of the works you have loaned to the Library for the exhibit?

DW: One of them is a whole book, a chronicle that came out in 1481 of which the Library in fact owns a slightly earlier edition printed elsewhere. It’s interesting to compare the two. The other is a leaf from the famous Nuremberg Chronicle that came out in 1493.

The full book, which is missing one or two leaves, was written by Carthusian monk Werner Rolevinck. It’s distinctive as being only the second book since printing was invented to be written by a then-living author. Up to that point, the first books printed were the classics and works such as the Bible.

The Nuremberg Chronicle was the giant history of the world published in 1493 by Hartmann Schedel. That’s not the book’s actual title, but it was called that because Schedel was based in Nuremberg.

MK: Your rare book collection includes many titles besides the incunabula. Can you tell me more about your collection and how you acquire the books?

DW: I have a fair number of books from the 16th century and a lot from the 17th and 18th centuries. Occasionally I stray over into the 19th century.

When I first started out, I was going into antiquarian books shops. That is a relatively slow process if you are looking for particular titles. Over the last few years, it has become much easier to buy unusual books through vendor sites like abebooks.com. But now I am increasingly going directly to individual booksellers who are now well aware of my interests. If they get something interesting, they will dangle it in front of me.

MK: Do you collect rare books as a hobby or for research purposes?

DW: Both. There is a theme to the works I collect. They are all works of history or antiquarian scholarship or antiquarian topography written between the 16th to 18th centuries. I will have at one point used other copies of almost all of them in my research over the last 30 years.

MK: Are there any good stories behind some of the books you own?

DW: Some of them have had very interesting “provenance” in past ownership. One is a copy of an early 17th century printing of an Elizabethan English translation of an early 16th century history of Italy by Francesco Guicciardini. The book itself is a very interesting and important work and it’s a nice early edition. But what gives it added value is the book plate, which indicates it belonged to Victorian poet Matthew Arnold.

Others are interesting because they have all sorts of notes. I have one book in which somebody has interleaved the actual book with lots of other leaves, on which they have added their own notes or “grangerizing” interesting things they found relevant to the book. That process, known as “extra-illustrating,” was very popular in the 18th century.

MK: Why should people visit the exhibit at the Library?

DW: The exhibit is fabulous because these aren’t just old books. They’re among the rarest in the world and they appeared right at the dawn of printing. Just consider how many people have owned those books in their 500 year history. When some of these were printed, Columbus had not yet sailed. They are here now and they will be here 200 or 300 years from now — they are survivors.

Considering it was a new technology, the quality of the printing and the paper was remarkable. The quality of the printing is so much superior to most later printing. If you have seen some 19th century books in the Library, often the pages are not in good shape because they were printed on pulp paper that was treated with an acid, which has made the pages brittle over time. Most of these incunabula were printed on a paper based on rags. It’s much tougher. The books are beautiful works of art.

Incunabula: An Exhibit of 15th Century Printing continues at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library (Douglas Library) through Dec. 1.


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