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    A SparQ for innovation

    • SparQ Studios, previously located in the Integrated Learning Centre and known as SparQ Labs, officially opened its doors in Carruthers Hall in December.
      SparQ Studios, previously located in the Integrated Learning Centre and known as SparQ Labs, officially opened its doors in Carruthers Hall in December.
    • As Queen’s Innovation Connector’s makerspace and design studio, SparQ Studios provides students many of the tools they need to develop their projects and prototypes.
      As Queen’s Innovation Connector’s makerspace and design studio, SparQ Studios provides students many of the tools they need to develop their projects and prototypes.
    • SparQ Studios offers a wide array of tools and equipment such as 3D printers, CNC milling machines and laser cutters as well as a co-working space with tables and chairs where students can gather and work together.
      SparQ Studios offers a wide array of tools and equipment such as 3D printers, CNC milling machines and laser cutters as well as a co-working space with tables and chairs where students can gather and work together.

    Queen’s students have a bright and welcoming new space on campus to innovate, collaborate and bring their ideas to life.

    SparQ Studios, previously located in the Integrated Learning Centre and known as SparQ Labs, officially opened its doors in Carruthers Hall in December. As Queen’s Innovation Connector’s makerspace and design studio, SparQ Studios gives students from all disciplines access to the space and many of the tools they need to develop their projects and prototypes.

    Francis Campbell (Artsci’17), director of SparQ Studios, says more space is the greatest benefit of the new location, which occupies the former Gordon Vogt Studio Theatre. The School of Drama and Music no longer required the theatre with the opening of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

    “We’ve kept the core of the makerspace, which is what SparQ Labs really started out as,” he says. “But now we have the capacity to nurture a community that is interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

    The main area of SparQ Studios houses a wide array of tools and equipment such as 3D printers, CNC milling machines and laser cutters as well as a co-working space with tables and chairs where students can gather and work together on their projects.

    SparQ Studios is equipping a room where students can work on software development. There’s also a conference room where project teams can hold more formal meetings and a lounge that can accommodate guest speakers and other public events.

    The makerspace and design studio has been open for just a couple of months, but already students and campus groups are exploring the possibilities of the space. Innovate Queen’s has held meetings there and computer science students have hosted coding nights as well. SparQ Studios has expanded its program offerings to include more workshops and pitch competitions.

    “We want to bring in all of these groups and people and foster a really creative atmosphere,” Mr. Campbell says. “Now that we are located right in the middle of campus, students can happen upon the space and get exposed to the ideas of entrepreneurship and innovation.”

    SparQ began in 2014 when several Queen’s students pitched the idea to QIC, who agreed to partner with the students and create the first makerspace on a Canadian university campus. QIC has supported the purchase of equipment thanks to the funding it has received from the Government of Ontario’s Campus-Linked Accelerator program.

    Growing entrepreneurship on-campus and in the community is a key pillar of Queen’s strategic mandate. QIC builds on existing strengths to give students access to the resources, networks and mentors they need to transform their ideas into products and services.  QIC’s core strength is its interdisciplinary nature, providing students from across the university with the opportunity to work in diverse teams to address important problems and identify the solutions that will yield benefits not only for the region, but nationally and globally too.


    A closer look at black history

    [Carissa Gordon]
    Carissa Gordon (ConEd’16) is the president of the African Caribbean Student Association (ACSA) at Queen’s University as well as a member of the organizing committee for Kingston Black History Month. (University Communications)

    For Carissa Gordon (ConEd’16), a member of the Kingston Black History Month organinzing committee and president of Queen’s University’s African Caribbean Student Association (ACSA), it would be great if Canada got to the point where Black History Month was no longer needed.

    However, the reality is that the month of recognizing the achievements and history, both good and bad, of the black experience in Canada remains a necessity.

    “I know there are people who ask why is there a Black History Month or what is the point, but to be honest Black History Month should be every month,” she says. “But until we can actually reach that stage it’s going to be necessary to have that month because it gives a platform to talk about it. That falls on people of the black community and people not of the black community to talk about issues. So I should be talking about issues outside of February and not just wait for February to start raising issues that I may have.”

    For Ms. Gordon the importance of Black History Month became clearer once she arrived in Kingston and at Queen’s. Having grown up in Mississauga, she found that there was not nearly the same emphasis or learning opportunities for black history.

    It quickly brought a focus for her and she became involved in ACSA and in supporting and organizing local events for Black History Month. 

    Along with the Queen’s Black Academic Society, ACSA is one of two Alma Mater Society clubs represented in the organizing committee for Kingston Black History Month. As ACSA president, Ms. Gordon is directly involved with planning and organizing.

    Throughout the month a series of events are being held at Queen’s and in Kingston to highlight the key moments and people in black history as well as to provide platforms for discussion on where we stand today and where we need to be in the future. One such event is the panel discussion “Unity Within the Black Community” on Feb. 29. The open event is being held at Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202, starting at 6 pm.

    Through her participation, Ms. Gordon has seen a mutually beneficial relationship develop between the Kingston and Queen’s communities over the years. It has been a key connection that has resulted in greater outreach, participation and awareness.

    “I think the students bring in maybe the newer side – we do a lot of the graphics and utilize the social media platforms to reach more of the student population,” she says. “I think the community members bring in a lot of things we didn’t think about, such as helping us get a grant from the City of Kingston. I feel like if we didn’t have community members that wouldn’t have been something that came to our mind, applying for a grant, as well as finding more events that are going on in the community.”

    Through her role on the organizing committee she says she has gained some very valuable experience, such as time management and public speaking, while she has also had the opportunity to meet a wide range of people, like Queen’s alumnus Desmond Cole, a journalist and social commentator who was the keynote speaker at the Jan. 31 opening ceremony. 

    One of the things that Ms. Gordon says needs to improve for progress to be made is the inclusion of more black history at all levels of education, and not just in history class. As a Concurrent Education student it is something that she feels is very important.

    “I’ve said this multiple times, but black history can be included outside of history class. So you don’t have to be taking the history course code in order to study (black history), you can incorporate that into all other courses. You can bring in key figures or prominent black figures in mathematics or science. Or even touching upon a lot of the incidents that have been going on, especially in 2015-16,” she says.

    For further information about Kingston Black History Month, including the schedule of events, visit the group’s Facebook page.

    Current issue of For the Record

    For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

    The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, March 3. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, March 1. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer months.

    Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma


    Faculty of Health Sciences

    • Ashley Waddington, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Jan. 1, 2016
    • Peggy De Jong, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Jan. 1, 2016
    • Nishardi Waidyaratne-Wijeratne, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Jan. 1, 2016


    Brockington Visitorship, Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Robert Sutherland Visitorship, Rosen Lecture Series

    The Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts invites nominations for the Brockington Visitorship, the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Robert Sutherland Visitorship and the Rosen Lecture Series. In order to encourage the broadest possible range of nominations, any person or group within the Queen's community is eligible to make a nomination. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2016.  Please send one electronic copy of submission to provost@queensu.ca

    Terms of reference

    Brockington Visitorship — "To invite a person of international distinction to come to Queen’s University to deliver a public lecture and to meet formally and informally with faculty and students."

    Chancellor Dunning Trust Lectureship — "The Chancellor Dunning Lecturer will be expected to deliver a public lecture that promotes the understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society."

    George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund — “This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities.”

    Robert Sutherland Visitorship — “The purpose of the Robert Sutherland Visitorship is to enable dialogue and inspire action around race-related, equity, and justice issues in order to shape our citizens of tomorrow.”

    Rosen Lecture Series — “The purpose of the series is to enable the wider community to better understand the living and vital tradition of Judaism, its relationship to other religious traditions and its role in the development of contemporary civilizations, and to explore the historical role played by Jews and Jewish thought.”

    Membership of the Rosen Lecture Series Subcommittee

    The Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts invites applications for the following elected positions on the Rosen Lecture Series Subcommittee:

    • 1 Faculty (2-year term)
    • 1 Student (2-year term)

    The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2016.  Further information is available on the Rosen Lecture Series Subcommittee webpage.  

    2016 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

    The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2016 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students. Two awards will be presented at the fall 2016 convocation: one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Award nomination forms and guidelines are available from the Office of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies (deansgsr@queensu.ca) or at www.queensu.ca/sgs. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall 425, 74 Union St., Kingston, Ont. K7L 3N6 by 4pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

    2016 Distinguished Service Awards

    Queen’s faculty, staff and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions. Recipients become Honorary Life Members of the Council.

    Recent changes to the University Council By-laws now enable Queen’s employees and retirees to nominate recipients, who will be recognized at the University Council Annual Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.   

    The guidelines, the nomination form and additional information are available at http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/university-council/distinguished-service-awards

    Please submit nominations to the University Council Executive Committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4 pm

    Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process.  

    Human Resources

    Successful Candidates

    Job Title: Personal Counsellor (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Student Wellness Services
    Competition: 2015-344
    Successful Candidate: Rachel Sturgeon (Student Wellness Services)

    Job Title: Salesforce Administrator (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Smith School of Business
    Competition: 2015-330
    Successful Candidate: Melissa Shorrock

    Job Title: Associate Director
    Department: Smith School of Business, Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics
    Competition: 2015-347
    Successful Candidate: Dean McKeown (EMBA Admin)

    Job Title: Faculty Assistant
    Department: Smith School of Business, Faculty Support
    Competition: 2016-001
    Successful Candidate: Anna Zyuzin (Centre for Social Impact)

    Job Title: Business Development Manager- Financial Sector
    Department: Smith School of Business, Career Centre
    Competition: 2015-314
    Successful Candidate: Brennan Jones

    Job Title: General Technician (CUPE Local 254)
    Department: Biology
    Competition: 2015-311
    Successful Candidate: Keith Harper (Area Three)

    Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Student Wellness Services
    Competition: 2015-338
    Successful Candidate: Jennifer Wales

    Job Title: Assistant Coach, Strength and Conditioning
    Department: Athletics and Recreation
    Competition: 2016-003
    Successful Candidate: Evan Karagiozov

    Job Title: Educational Development & Instructional Design (USW Local 2010)
    Department: e-Pre Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
    Competition: 2016-012
    Successful Candidate: Sandy Youmans (ePre-Health Degree Program)

    Job Title: Investment Associate (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Investment Services
    Competition: 2015-322
    Successful Candidate: Ian McIntyre

    Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW Local 2010)
    Department: Economics
    Competition: 2015-317
    Successful Candidate: Tracy Brons

    ITS News issue #2 available

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    Stay up-to-date with what’s happening with IT at Queen’s! This edition features some great new ITS developments including:

    • Office 2016 is now available - for free!
    • Learn about the recipients of the Educational Technology Awards
    • Wireless improvements in Douglas and Stauffer Libraries

    The second issue of ITS News can be found on the Information Technology Services (ITS) website.

    A strategy for success

    Imagine leaving the office at the end of each day knowing that you made a difference. For Roger Billings, this is the most rewarding aspect of his work as an external consultant with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning.

    On March 3, Roger Billings, an external consultant with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning, will facilitate Strategic Thinking, one of several HR Learning Catalogue workshops he leads.

    “I greatly enjoy what I do, because the results are immediate,” says Mr. Billings. “When you deliver a workshop, the energy from the participants is contagious.”

    Seeing participants benefit from using the knowledge and tools they’ve gained is incredibly fulfilling, he says.

    “They stay in touch with each other, which creates a very powerful network. They share their successes, their frustrations, they support each other. They know that I can be reached any time and I believe they trust me enough to seek further help. I can't think of anything more satisfying than hearing their success stories,” Mr. Billings says.

    On March 3, Mr. Billings will facilitate Strategic Thinking, one of several HR Learning Catalogue workshops he leads. Developing a strategic plan or vision can be a difficult process. He notes that all staff would benefit from learning the theory and techniques of strategic thinking – the step before any planning can happen.

    “People typically don’t see their piece of the puzzle, and if they do it as a group, that’s even better,” he says.

    A facilitator with more than 30 years of coaching experience, Mr. Billings also leads workshops on delivering and receiving constructive feedback, emotional intelligence, effective relationship-building and team-building. Individual departments have also retained him for custom programming. He co-designed and facilitates the Foundational Leadership and Emerging Leaders programs with Queen’s Organizational Development and Learning.

    “The learning experiences are truly amazing, mainly because many of the participants do not realize their potential until they are well into the program,” he says. “By the conclusion, they feel very capable, secure and strong. Yes, at times they may feel the commitment is substantial, and it is, but I believe they are so empowered when they reach the end.”

    The Emerging Leaders Program, which pairs an experienced manager with a new or aspiring manager, has also proven to be a great success. Some participants have mentioned it should be called the mentors/mentors program, because the mentors learn as much as the mentees, he says. “All participants have been so willing to help and generous with their time, I can't say enough about the response and support for this program for staff, from staff.”

    Before starting his own training organization, Mr. Billings began his career with IBM Canada and was the Canadian president of several companies. His experience in many fields from industry to universities has enabled him to appreciate and understand the complexities of organizations and the challenges associated with developing professional skills and competencies.

    “There is very little I have not seen," he says. "This gives me the ability to take a calm and collected approach to difficult situations, seeing them from a distance in order to give my clients the support and advice they seek.”

    For more information, visit the Human Resources website and click on Learning and Development under Quick Links. 

    Conference focuses on Peer Health Educators

    [Peer Health Educators]
    Keynote speaker Kendra Fisher makes a presentation during the first conference for Peer Health Educators hosted by Queen’s University. Ms. Fisher, a former goalie with the national women’s hockey program, was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder coupled with severe panic attacks, depression and agoraphobia. (Supplied Photo)

    With the growing emphasis on student mental health at post-secondary education institutions, Queen’s University recently hosted the first conference for Peer Health Educators and professional staff which allowed participants to share their experiences as well as the strategies they have developed on their campuses.

    The conference provided attendees the opportunity to learn about existing evidence-based programs and services as well as to gain valuable presentation and networking experience.

    Olivia Smith, Health Promotion Student Assistant at Student Wellness Services, attended the conference and says she first got involved as a Peer Health Educator because she was interested in health and was looking to collaborate with others while learning more about health promotion.

    As a Peer Health Educator she has facilitated workshops at the university’s residences dealing with such topics as safe drinking strategies, mental health and making healthy and creative food choices in the dining halls. Her role also entails taking part in events on campus to promote healthy lifestyles and to develop outreach strategies such as writing articles or blogs and other promotional material.

    Her work has allowed her to develop her leadership skills while also being able to contribute as part of a team. As a result, she now knows that she wants to pursue a career in health promotion.

    For her, the conference was a great opportunity to meet with other Peer Health Educators and share her experiences.

    “I found the conference to be very knowledgeable and overall a great experience. It was really interesting to meet students and staff from different postsecondary institutions across Ontario and to learn more about their peer health programs and mental health initiatives on their campuses,” she says. “I had some great conversations with students from other universities and was able to walk away from the conference with some new ideas for our Peer Health Educator program at Queen's and new connections in peer health around Ontario.”

    Along with presentations throughout the day, breakout sessions focused on such topics as stress management, mental health and healthy lifestyles, stigma, and mental health messaging.

    Beth Blackett, Health Promotion Coordinator with Student Wellness Services, says the conference was extremely valuable as participants were able to make connections and widen their knowledge to better help those they support.

    “I believe this event is so important to both recognize the great work being done by Peer Health Educator volunteers at post-secondary institutions and to motivate and inspire future collaborations and initiatives among these students who are passionate about health,” she says. “It was such a delight to see peers from various institutions connecting with each other over the course of the conference.”

    For more visit the Student Wellness Services website.

    Water shutdown for buildings with water feeds off of Albert Street rescheduled

    Utilities Kingston has rescheduled the water shutdown originally planned for the following buildings on Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Thursday, Feb. 18 between 9 am and noon while a crew replaces the valve that controls water flowing from the Albert Street main into Morris Hall:

    • Brant House
    • Chernoff Hall
    • David C. Smith House
    • Leonard Hall
    • Morris Hall
    • Watts Hall

    Special Note: McNeill House will also be affected by this planned work. E.S. Fox is working in conjunction with Utilities Kingston to replace the building’s water isolation valve. The water shutdown period for McNeill House will be 9:15 am until 3 pm.

    During the shutdown period, no domestic hot or cold water will be available in the affected buildings for hand washing, flushing toilets, showers, eye wash stations, laundry services, kitchen or lab use. Fire watches will be coordinated where required.

    Any questions regarding this planned work should be directed to Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by e-mail.

    LaSalle Building water shutdown rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 18

    The water shutdown originally planned for the LaSalle Building on Wednesday, Feb. 17 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 18 between 4:30-9:30 pm to permit Thomas Lemmon & Sons Ltd., working in conjunction with Physical Plant Services and Utilities Kingston, to replace the building’s water isolation valve and finalize work associated with the installation of a backflow preventer.

    During the shutdown period, no domestic hot or cold water will be available for hand washing, flushing toilets, showers, eye wash stations or kitchen use.

    Any questions regarding this project work should be directed to Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by e-mail.

    JDUC, Grad Residence water shutdown rescheduled

    The water shutdown originally planned for the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) and Grad Residence on Wednesday, Feb. 17 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6:30 am until 9 pm to permit Universal Mechanical, working in conjunction with Tyco Simplex Grinnell, to install a new backflow preventer in the mechanical room on the lower level (The Underground) and complete plumbing work associated with this installation.

    During the shutdown period, no domestic hot or cold water will be available for hand washing, flushing toilets, showers, eye wash stations or kitchen use. A fire watch will be conducted (where required) while this work is performed.

    Any questions regarding this project work should be directed to Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by e-mail.

    Queen’s Law hosting international trade moot

    [ELSA Moot]
    Professor Nicolas Lamp (second left) with Law’17 students helping to facilitate the 2016 ELSA Moot at Queen’s: Marko Petrovic, Carly White and Azeem Manghat.

    If you want to see the future face of trade law from across two continents, Queen’s University will be the place to do it this spring.

    Students from across North and South America will be bringing their ‘A’ game to Kingston in early March to do exactly that. The All-American Regional Round of the 2016 European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Moot on international trade law is being hosted by Queen’s Law, attracting dozens of students from competing schools from Canada to Colombia.

    “We’re proud to be hosting both current and future leaders in trade law here in Kingston,” says Professor Nicolas Lamp, who is organizing the American round. “These students represent the future trade law elite of their countries. I know from personal experience that virtually every junior lawyer who is hired by the World Trade Organization or by law firms working on WTO law has participated in the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.”

    From March 2-6, teams from six countries will be presenting at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC2) at Queen’s Law. Panelists – judging the competitions – will be leading experts in international trade law from Canada, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The event is also supported by organizations with strong international trade law ties. The EMC2 receives technical support from the World Trade Organization, and closer to home, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is a major sponsor of the event.

    “The level of support from both the WTO and CIGI shows how important this event is for the international trading system,” Dr. Lamp says. “It’s a unique tool to build capacity in international trade law in developing countries and to attract some of the brightest up-and-coming legal minds to the world of international trade. The best teams will go on to the final rounds in Geneva, where they will get a real feel for how it would be to have a career in international trade law.”

    Sixteen teams will engage in two full days of team-versus-team competition, pleading in front of panels who will decide victors for each match. From there, the moots move on to a third-day of semifinals and a final, head-to-head match between the two best trade mooting teams on two continents. Prizes include not only the prestige of victory, but also a prize for best overall individual mooter.

    “The EMC2 provides students with a chance to prove themselves in front of an international audience of their peers and leading minds in law,” Dr. Lamp, who participated in the moot as a student in 2007-08, says. “But it’s also a chance for these students to meet, exchange ideas, forge friendships and leave with new perspectives, new connections and new ideas.”


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